Friday, February 10, 2012

Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer

It started with a simple question: Who is the world's smartest man? Of course this is something that is hard to quantify. There are measures for intelligence, however what about people that are masters in certain subjects? By asking this question, author Joshua Foer discovered the world of memory competitions, and the characters that compete.

Starting with the masters of these conversations, Joshua looks into the history of human memory, from the ancient Greeks and to modern studies at research universities. Drawn in by the world of memory, Joshua himself starts training to compete in the U.S. Memory Championship, where memory will be tested by memorizing numbers, poems, faces and names, and decks of cards.

From people who can't remember where they left their keys, to the reader with a vast knowledge of historical names, dates and places Moonwalking With Einstein is a great overview of how memory is perceived, what we know about it and what questions we still have.