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The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. From the Trade Paperback edition.
'If you want to understand how we remember, and how we can all learn to remember better, then read this book' Jonah Lehrer Can anyone get a perfect memory? Joshua Foer used to be like most of us, forgetting phone numbers and mislaying keys. Then he learnt the art of memory training, and a year later found himself in the finals of the US Memory Championship. He also discovered a truth we often forget: that, even in an age of technology, memory is the key to everything we are. In Moonwalking with Einstein he takes us on an astonishing journey through the mind, from ancient 'memory palace' techniques to neuroscience, from the man who can recall nine thousand books to another who constantly forgets who he is. In doing so, Foer shows how we can all improve our memories. 'The most entertaining science book of the year' Sunday Times, Books of the Year 'Captivating . . . engaging . . . smart and funny' The New York Times 'Delightful . . . uplifting . . . it shows that our minds can do extraordinary things' Wall Street Journal 'A lovely exploration of the ways that we preserve our lives and our world in the golden amber of human memory' New Scientist
On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. He also discovered a truth we too often forget: In every way, we are the sum of our memories. In Moonwalking with Einstein Foer draws on cutting-edge research, the cultural history of memory and the techniques of 'mental atheletes' to transform our understanding of human remembering. He learns the ancient methods used by Cicero and Medieval scholars. He meets amnesiacs, neuroscientists and savants - including a man who claims to have memorized more than nine thousand books. In doing so, he reveals the hidden impact of memory on our lives, and shows how we can all dramatically improve our memories. At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer's book is a quest to resurrect the gift we all possess, but that too often slips our minds.
Kings and queens, British prime ministers, American presidents, countries of Europe... We should all know these things - but like me, you're probably resigned to being the kind of person that just never will. Now Grandmaster of Memory Ed Cooke offers up his memory secrets with a fun, quick and completely unforgettable way to remember the things you thought you never could. But this is no boring Willy, Willy, Harry, Ste. With Ed leading the way on unlikely adventures through people and places, Abraham Lincoln may become a circle of bra-wearing hams linking arms in your mind, and you may well encounter a fridge wearing Calvin Klein underpants. You could also soon find yourself rattling off the prime ministers to a rapt audience and adding, in a knowing tone, 'ah yes, Marquess of Rockingham, Whig I believe?'. What is for sure is that you’ll be bursting with knowledge that will stick in your mind and impress your friends for ever.
Written by eight times World Memory Champion, Dominic O'Brien this book is a complete course in memory enhancement. Dominic takes you step-by-step through an ingenious program of skills, introducing all his tried and tested techniques on which he has built his triumphant championship performances. Pacing the course in line with his expert understanding of how the brain responds to basic memory training, Dominic offers strategies and tips that will expand your mental capacities at a realistic but impressive rate.
First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
For students aged 14 up and professionals who need to memorise a lot of information * based upon a most user-friendly and flexible NUMBER-LETTER CODE COMPATIBLE WITH THAT OF MEMORY MASTER DOMINIC O'BRIEN, whose books HOW TO DEVELOP A BRILLIANT MEMORY WEEK BY WEEK (my first choice of the two) or YOU CAN HAVE AN AMAZING MEMORY combined with MEMORY PALACE DEFINITIVE would cover most memory improvement techniques * immediately usable and full coding possibilities for up to 1,000 "Locations" (including all US states and the world's countries) and many suggestions for up to 10,000 for use in memorising multiple texts of over 1,000 pages in length, year dates, extensive numerical lists such as the periodic table etc. * 10 example "journeys" of 100 "stages" each for immediate use in memorising strings of text, speeches, multiple decks of playing cards etc. * thoroughly researched lists of acronyms for use in other memory systems * how to use wasteful browsing habits to make often dry study more interesting and easy * improve vocabulary and general knowledge * thorough, tested for my favorite techniques and page-referenced bibliography covering most areas of memorisation for study, profession and leisure * tips on making the most of intelligence * "very good ... a super guide to how the Memory Palace works with a great many easy to follow examples" - Brian Page, British MENSA magazine, July 2012 ; "thank you for writing this book. It explains one system with clear words" - Sven Wentzel, World Wide Brain Club (Yahoo Group) * Facebook Community page: MEMORY PALACE DEFINITIVE (110 "Likes" to date)You may also preview and purchase my eBook co-authored with Phil Chambers, HOW TO REMEMBER EQUATIONS AND FORMULAE here: and in a Kindle edition from most Amazon sites, at Apple's iTunes bookstore, live on Google Play and at Apple's iTunes bookstore. Our GCSE adaptation is also available at all the preceding outlets except Google Play

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