Notes on Improving Memory

Moonwalking with Einstein

I am trying to get back into the habit of reading one non-fiction book a month. This time, I stumbled upon a very interesting introductory read on human’s memory capacity: Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer. The book picked up its steam (and came under my radar) through the recommendation of Bill Gates.

Ever wonder how some people can recite lengthy Pi number while most of us can’t go beyond 3.14? Or how a seemingly random grocery/to-do list can be memorized? This book will open your mind into the world of “mental athletes”. The author will walk you through his personal journey of how he, an average journalist, thrived to become U.S. Memory Championship’s winner. This is not a self-help book for those of you looking for a quick hack into instant memory enhancement; it’s a reading-for-pleasure book with useful beginner information into the world of memory.

Notes I collected about the world of memory:

Two simple memory techniques that the author mentioned:

They can be used to remember a long number or a list of random items:

This intro won’t do justice, so go ahead and grab the book. It’s an easy and fun read!

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