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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Moonwalking with Einsteinplease sign up. Everyone read Einstein biography knows that he was not very good at memorising things.

I have not read this book yet but I find the Tittle strange. Matthew Hayes One of the memory techniques discussed in the book is to associate the item to be remembered with a foee and action. The more distinctive the person …more One of the memory techniques discussed in the book is to associate the item to be remembered with a foe and action. The more distinctive the person and action, the easier it will be to remember.

While memorizing a deck of cards, the author imagined himself moonwalking with Einstein to remember a pair of cards. I’m a student in grade 10, and I don’t know much. So is this the best book to getting to know Einstein from fper to toe?

Lex Toumbourou Hi Patricia, Despite it’s title, this book has absolutely nothing to do with Einstein. It’s a book about human memory. I’d definitely look elsewhere …more Hi Patricia, Josbua it’s title, this book has absolutely nothing to do with Einstein. I’d definitely look elsewhere for a biography of the white-haired one.

See all 5 questions about Moonwalking with Einstein…. Lists joxhua This Book. Aug 14, Steve rated it liked it.

The first five items on your list are: Put Trainspotting at the front of the Netflix queue 3. Finish the office TPS reports before the weekend 4. Check the Haile Selassie wiki entry to see if the account of the attempted coup in Cutting for Stone was factual The list may be much longer than this, but the shortened version above will illustrate the point well enough.

Research shows we remember mental images of things much better than we do raw data by rote things like numbers, playing cards, poems, or list items. Most people can only keep a random sequence of about 7 digits in their heads at a time when first hearing them.

Memory experts have found that by transforming any sequence of things into pictures instead, and sticking these pictures in what they call a memory palace, that we can recall them much more effectively. An example should help show this.


First of all, we need to visualize a place we know very well. This is the memory palace. In fact, the home you grew up in, while it may not have been a real palace, is probably rich in the kind of recallable detail that can help in retaining long sequences.

Let the image burn into your brain for a moment. Once inside at the base of the stairs in the foyer I come to a freight car of a model train. Up the stairs on the left is a faux antique table. On it sits our mnemonic for TPS: And just to make it more memorable, imagine that a teenager lives inside one of them and it was TPed with Charmin.

The drink comes complete with salt around the edge of the tub and a wedge cut from a lime the size of a beach ball. Inside the tub is a miniature ship with a master on board shouting orders.

Picture it in sequence one more time: I could presumably have had dozens of these images stuck along a path throughout the house. That pretty much covers the trick to memorization. To get an entire book out of the deal, though, Foer had to expand the scope. He started out mentioning the remarkable feats the elite memorizers can perform x digits of pi, y decks of cards, z lines of verse.

He then got into the small but interesting world of competitive memorization, including his own involvement.

Foer began his investigation on a journalistic whim and ended up, with hard work and a lot of help from memory mentors, becoming the US champion. Even though the end result of his competition is mentioned at the outset, there is drama in how it unfolds. The competition involves several categories, one of which is memorizing card sequences. The trick in doing that is an offshoot of what I described above.

The difference is that every card has a mental image associated with it that you spend days and days drilling into your head beforehand.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Each mental image has a subject and a verb. The ace of clubs may be Karl Spackler the Woth boy himself teeing off at Augusta. The two of clubs may be Groucho Marx lighting a cigar. And so on for each card in the deck. Then, when you want to memorize the randomized order of a deck, you put these images in a fresh memory palace.

Only to make fewer images necessary, you can join the subject of one card with the action of the next card fodr a single image. If the first card is the seven of diamonds which you may have associated with Einstein twirling the tassel on his mortarboard and the next one is the jack of spades which is J.

Salinger moonwalking, say then the pair of those cards together would produce an image of Einstein moonwalking. Memorizing the deck would then involve 26 images. Sequences of digits are done similarly, only for that you may have different pre-memorized images — one for each pair in the range from 00 to We all know how easy it is to rely on spell checks and Google searches for things we used to keep in our heads.

So is it useful to keep more information available for immediate use? Foer argues that our ideas, abstractions, and arguments depend on recallable units that are the building blocks.

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What Foer does not do as effectively is demonstrate how the aforementioned devices help with that kind fofr practical memory. He admits to it, too, though only after he tells his fun story of the US Memory Championship.

They were not savants, nor moshua they possess photographic memories. The top competitors were often the ones with the most creative images. After being coached by several top mnemonists, Foer was able to compete with the best in the US.

He said he still loses his keys, though. There was more to this book as well. It was several months ago.

My impression at the time was that it was all fairly interesting, but not very useful in the end. So who remembers the to-do list? Would you have remembered it without the images? Besides that, I usually have a pencil and paper. View all 66 comments. Mar 05, J rated it did not like it.

Unimpressive – This is a great example of how misleading a book title can be. I’d give it one and a half stars but it is just not worth two. Having read the article, I was sufficiently impressed to get online and order the book. It einstejn four days later and I couldn’t wait to get started. At the onset of his Unimpressive – This is a great example of how misleading a book title can be.

At the onset of his book – which does have a snappy title – Foer was very clear this is not a ‘how to’ book but rather, it is an account of his one-year journey from being a journalist-spectator to becoming winner of the US Memory Championship. Maybe that’s where I got off track. The NY Times article, detailed as it was, failed to mention that part.

Its a critical detail – more than an oversight – moonwalkin my estimation.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Foer has a decent writing style – again, like a magazine article. This book is written in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell’s books and it does have information but not quite as polished or as jam packed.

So far, hardly anything that wasn’t already mentioned on the NY Times synopsis has been written and little has been added to what I wuth read so I am feeling just a little bit ripped off – the subtitle seems to imply that the book will talk about, “the art and science of remembering everything The discontinuity between Foer’s book title joahua its content are such that if I ever come across this writer’s books again, I am going to be hard-pressed to trust him enough to plop down my hard-earned money because I will be less likely to fall for that trick twice.

Foer’s synopsis on the NY Times deserves an “A” – moreover, since he failed to expand the book that’s where the material should have stayed.

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