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Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer
Foer in 2007
Born September 23, 1982 (1982-09-23) (age 33)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation journalist, writer
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University
Genre non-fiction
Subjects science

Joshua Foer (born September 23, 1982) is a freelance journalist living in New Haven, Connecticut, with a primary focus on hard sciences. He was the 2006 U.S.A. Memory Champion, which was described in his 2011 book, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. He spoke at the TED conference in February 2012.

Contents

  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Organizations 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Personal life

Foer was born in Yale University with a degree in evolutionary biology. Foer lived in Silliman College and then Trumbull College.

Career

Foer sold his first book, Moonwalking with Einstein, to Penguin for publication in March 2011.[2] He received a $1.2 million advance for the book.[1] Film rights were optioned by Columbia Pictures shortly after publication.[3]

In 2006, Foer won the U.S.A. Memory Championship, and set a new USA record in the "speed cards" event by memorizing a deck of 52 cards in 1 minute and 40 seconds.[4] Moonwalking with Einstein describes Foer's journey as a participatory journalist to becoming a national champion mnemonist, under the tutelage of British Grand Master of Memory, Ed Cooke.

Foer's work has appeared in The New York Times,[5] The Washington Post,[6] Slate,[7] and The Nation.[8] In 2007, the quarterly art & culture journal Cabinet began publishing Foer's column "A Minor History Of". The column "examines an overlooked cultural phenomenon using a timeline".[9]

Organizations

Foer has organized several websites and organizations based on his interests. He created the

  • Joshua Foer at TED
    • "Feats of memory anyone can do" (TED2012)
  • Atlas Obscura
  • Sefaria
  • Sukkah City
  • Greater Talent speakers page
  • Highlights from the Jan 2007 Athanasius Kircher meeting

External links

  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ Third Foer brother inks Penguin deal, Crain's New York Business, October 31, 2006
  3. ^ Kilday, Gregg (March 16, 2011). "Columbia Acquires 'Moonwalking With Einstein' for Big-Screen Adaptation". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ Foer, Joshua (2011-02-15). "Secrets of a Mind-Gamer". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  5. ^ The Kiss of Life, The New York Times, February 14, 2006
  6. ^ "The Sky Isn't Falling (Yet)". The Washington Post. 2004-10-26. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  7. ^ Rosin, Hanna. "How to win the U.S. memory championship. - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  8. ^ "May 16, 2005". The Nation. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  9. ^ "Columns".  
  10. ^ "Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  11. ^ "Sukkah City" Sam Grawe, Dwell, 2010-05-30.
  12. ^ Sefaria' Text Site Could Expand Jewish Learning"'". The Jewish Week. 

References

Bibliography

[12]

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