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Black Holes, Beakers, and Books: Moonwalking with Einstein

Sunday, July 22, 2012  
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Are you interested in exploring the vast mysteries of the cosmos, understanding human evolutionary history or talking about the long-term future of the planet earth? These topics and more will be discussed in Black Holes, Beakers, and Books, a book club that reads and discusses popular science books published within the last five years.

Join us for a discussion of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer. We all used simple mnemonic devices in elementary school to recall the names of the Great Lakes and other facts. When Foer decides to compete in the U.S. Memory Championship, he learns to create mnemonic devices far more complex. He succeeds at memorizing the order of multiple decks of cards, the names of dozens of strangers, and a host of numerical data that we now often store in our smart phones instead of our brains. Foer reveals how he's able to remember all this information, as well as the neurological networks behind his new abilities.

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Event fee: Free
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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