New Release Books by Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer is the author of Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition (2019), Moonwalking with Einstein (2011) and UM PASSEIO NA LUA COM EINSTEIN.

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Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition

release date: Oct 15, 2019
Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition
Discover wonder. “A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.”— New York Times Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of bestseller lists when it was first published and changed the way we think about the world, expanding our sense of how strange and marvelous it really is. This second edition takes readers to even more curious and unusual destinations, with more than 100 new places, dozens and dozens of new photographs, and two very special features: twelve city guides, covering Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Plus a foldout map with a dream itinerary for the ultimate around-the-world road trip. More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook, Atlas Obscura revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, the bizarre, and the mysterious. Here are natural wonders, like the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can sit and drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M. C. Escher–like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby-Jumping Festival in Spain—and no, it’s not the babies doing the jumping, but masked men dressed as devils who vault over rows of squirming infants. Every page gets to the very core of why humans want to travel in the first place: to be delighted and disoriented, uprooted from the familiar and amazed by the new. With its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, and new city guides, it is a book you can open anywhere and be transported. But proceed with caution: It’s almost impossible not to turn to the next entry, and the next, and the next.

Moonwalking with Einstein

release date: Apr 07, 2011
Moonwalking with Einstein
On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. He also discovered a truth we too often forget: In every way, we are the sum of our memories. In Moonwalking with Einstein Foer draws on cutting-edge research, the cultural history of memory and the techniques of ?mental atheletes? to transform our understanding of human remembering. He learns the ancient methods used by Cicero and Medieval scholars. He meets amnesiacs, neuroscientists and savants ? including a man who claims to have memorized more than nine thousand books. In doing so, he reveals the hidden impact of memory on our lives, and shows how we can all dramatically improve our memories. At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer's book is a quest to resurrect the gift we all possess, but that too often slips our minds.

UM PASSEIO NA LUA COM EINSTEIN

UM PASSEIO NA LUA COM EINSTEIN
Em média, as pessoas dedicam quarenta dias por ano a tentar compensar coisas que se esqueceram. Joshua Foer era uma dessas pessoas. Mas depois de um ano a treinar a memória, deu por ele na final do Campeonato de Memória dos Estados Unidos. Mas mais importante do que isso, Foer descobriu uma verdade fundamental que nós muitas vezes nos esquecemos: tudo o que é importante em nós se deve às nossas memórias. O livro "Um Passeio na Lua com Einstein" conta com uma investigação, uma história cultural da memória e truques dignos do intercâmbio mental para transformar o nosso entendimento da memória do ser humano. Sob a tutela de "atletas mentais" de grande calibre, o autor aprendeu técnicas milenares, empregues por Cícero na memorização dos seus discursos e por estudiosos da era medieval quando queriam decorar livros por inteiro. Usando métodos que foram largamente esquecidos, Foer descobre que podemos melhorar drasticamente a nossa memória. Mergulhado obsessivamente numa subcultura peculiar de memorizadores competitivos, Foer aprende a aplicar técnicas que apelam à imaginação assim como à determinação, morando que a memorização pode ser tudo menos rotineira.


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