Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Library.

I first heard about this book in my very favorite talk on memorization in education by E. Christian Kopf at the Society for Classical Learning called "Rote Memorization and Classical Education."  I was astonished to find that my library owned it.

This book is really quite good.  I enjoyed Foer's writing style.  Friendly and conversational yet serious at the same time.  The story of his introduction, study, and competition at the US Memory Championship provided a wonderful platform to insert all the pieces of research he did on the memory: from remembering to forgetting - sometimes on purpose. 

The weird thing about this book is that for as much as I enjoyed it - and found it exceedingly helpful as I consider how best to introduce memory skills and techniques to the children - it always seemed like I had 100 pages more to read, like I never got very far when I did read and was never going to finish. 

Definitely glad I read this one. Commonplace entry here.



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