Master of memory

Joshua Foer
Science journalist Joshua Foer used special "memory goggles" and earphones to become U.S. memory champion. He detailed his road to the competition in his book "Moonwalking with Einstein."
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When science journalist Joshua Foer went to cover the U.S. Memory Championship, he thought he would be witnessing the "Super Bowl of savants."

What he found was that the competitors were normal people who had trained with ancient techniques that anyone could use. His new book details his own quest to become a memory champion.