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.
Foer was born in Washington, D.C.. He is the younger brother of former The New Republic editor Franklin Foer and novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. He is the son of Esther Foer, Director of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, and Albert Foer, the president of the think-tank American Antitrust Institute. He was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Georgetown Day School. In 2004, he graduated from Yale University with a degree in evolutionary biology. Foer lived in Silliman College and then Trumbull College.
Foer sold his first book, Moonwalking with Einstein, to Penguin for publication in March 2011. He received a $1.2 million advance for the book.Film rights were optioned by Columbia Pictures shortly after publication.[
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. 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, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Nation. 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”.
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