‘Moonwalking with Einstein’ –book review


In my previous post I had mentioned that I was reading Joshua Foer’s Mookwalking with Einstein:The Art and Sciene of Remembering Everything. The book does not tell you how to improve your memory but presents the author’s journey from attending a Memory Championship to actually competing, and winning, the 2005 U.S Memory championship. The title is an example of one of the memory techniques that the author used when he competed in the 2005 U.S memory championship.

Along the journey the author is coached by Ed Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, who teaches the author some memory techniques via mnemonic devices. Some of these techniques include the Memory Palace (method of loci) and Person Action Object. It was not a surprise to learn that the ancient Greeks were the forerunners in the use of mnemonic devices to aid memory as presented in the Rhetorica ad Herennium.

As I mentioned earlier this book does not teach you memory techniques, but shows with some practice even you can become a Memory Champion.


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