Moonwalking with Einstein

FYE/Community Reads

Moonwalking with Einstein is a work of literary journalism that brings together cognitive science, cultural history, and philosophy to take a fresh, cross-disciplinary look at human memory–while telling a riveting tale about the meaning of education and the science of learning.

Josh has appeared at numerous colleges and high schools around the country and abroad, and is always eager to speak to students. Read what students and educators have said about Moonwalking with Einstein, and having Josh on campus:

“On the day of his campus visit, Joshua delivered a smart and funny lecture to a packed hall of 840 people. Incredibly, we had to turn 200 additional people away from the venue because we could not accommodate them. The UCSB Library—as the lead organizer of the program—could not have been happier with the visibility this gained us across campus and in the community…

In the end, we had seven courses reading the book with a total enrollment of 475 students… The book’s subject is truly interdisciplinary, appealing to faculty and students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences… Everyone has a connection to and an opinion about the subject of memory. It is a truly unifying subject… Joshua Foer is inspiring to college-aged students, as a young successful author whose success has been a product of discipline and commitment… Moonwalking with Einstein is a great fit for a college or university campus and I highly recommend it as the selection for a common reading program. Joshua Foer is a skilled speaker and a gracious and engaging guest. I would not hesitate in inviting him back to UCSB when the chance arises.”

– Rebecca L. Metzger, UCSB Assistant University Librarian for Outreach and Academic Collaboration

“Josh was a fabulous speaker. He was engaging, humorous, and had the audience with him the entire time! Josh was a pleasure to work with–a very genuine and down-to-earth individual. The students LOVED him, and he did an exceptional job with working with them in small groups.”

– Gene Eden, Director of Student Life at Lehigh Carbon Community College

“Lively, deft, and funny, Josh Foer was interviewed on stage in front of the whole school by a panel of students. He was the ideal closing keynote—knew how to engage and connect with bright and challenging young minds. The audience, even though it was the end of a day of seminars and workshops, was focused and with him every step. Faculty reaction was even more enthusiastic: my stock among colleagues went up measurably for having brought him in. We’d have him back in a heartbeat.”

– Harry Bauld, English Department, Horace Mann School

“Besides being an instant draw for students, instructors, and members of the community, Joshua Foer didn’t disappoint. His presentation was conversational, witty, and wise. He involved the whole audience, and nearly every attendee had a question or two. He supplied a dynamic evening that The City College of New York won’t soon forget.”

– Brandon Judell, Coordinator, The Simon H. Rifkind Center, City College of New York

Named one of the best books of 2011 by:, The New York Times, The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, Discover Magazine, Men's Journal, The Sunday Times, & iTunes