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Of the five books I finished over vacation, the one that impressed me the most – and that is probably of broadest interest – is Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by science writer Joshua Foer. This is an absolutely phenomenal book that looks at memory and techniques for dramatically improving memory.  ~Bill Gates





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Great book! Absolutely a must read!


Virtually all the nitty-gritty details we have about classical memory training – indeed, nearly all the memory tricks in the mental athlete’s arsenal – were first described in a short, anonymously authored Latin rhetoric textbook called the Rhetorica ad Herennium, written sometime between 86 and 82 B.C. It is the only truly complete discussion of the memory techniques invented by Simonides to have survived into the Middle Ages. Though the intervening two thousand years have seen quite a few innovations in the art of memory, the basic techniques have remained fundamentally unchanged from those described in the Ad Herennium. “This book is our bible,” Ed told me.


Ed is Ed Cooke, the eleventh best memorizer in the world.


The fact the in school you never learn, or even hear of, “Rhetorica ad Herennium” remains a mystery to me!  ::)

Please, find it in attachment, and… start remembering everything!  :)





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