reginadelmar’s #CBR5 review #31 Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

I picked up this book with the slight hope that it might help me remember names of people I meet or where I put my reading glasses, but it isn’t quite that type of book. The subtitle of this book “The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” isn’t quite accurate, it’s really an interesting book about the science of how our brains remember and the art of remembering certain things. Foer attends the 2005 USA Memory Championship for the purpose of writing a piece for Slate.  The championship includes five events: memorizing faces and names, memorizing a list of 300 random words, five minutes to memorize a page of random digits, five minutes to learn the order of a shuffled deck of playing cards, and memorizing a fifty-line poem. Foer initially thinks that the winners have different brains than the rest of us. During the championship he chats with a British memory master who tells him that photographic memory is a myth and that anyone can develop a stronger memory using the right techniques including himself. Foer takes the challenge and trains for a year with the intention of winning the 2006 USA Memory Championship. Continue reading

Sophia’s #CBRV Review #5: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

I have to memorize all the streets in my city, all nearby hospitals, and all thirty fire stations for my final test to get off probation. I think that’s why Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art Moonwalking with Einsteinand Science of Remembering Everything (2011) by Joshua Foer caught my eye. I love reading stories about people trying new things, I’m fascinated by how the mind works, and I figured I might pick up some helpful hints for my own memorizing challenges along the way.

Joshua Foer attended the U.S. Memory Championships to write up a short article on what it involved. After meeting some of the people, he decided to look into it more closely and went on to enter the U.S. championships the next year. Foer details his experiences for his quest to become a memory champion as he also explores various topics related to memory.

I’m not sure if it’s just that I’ve been so busy and stressed lately that I have less patience, but I found this book rather frustrating. To find out why, read the rest of my review here.