October 29, 2009

[Education/Learning] Read 40 Modern Non-Fiction books everyone should read – The Art of Learning

Posted in Education / Learning at 9:30 am by Heather

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you’ve ever seen the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer or read the book of the same name, you know who Josh Waitzkin is. What you may not know is that after the book/movie came out Josh slowly started turning away from chess and became interested in Tai Chi, eventually winning the 2004 World Push Hands championship.

This book breaks down how Josh goes about learning and becoming top in his field. What he doesn’t mention is the intense determination and drive you need to practice hours and hours a day on something – one character trait I don’t exactly have.

That being said, his detailed explanation of his learning algorithm was very interesting, especially his part about “Making Smaller Circles”. Throughout the book, he relates stories of chess matches and Tai Chi matches, making this a more interesting read than you might think from a non-fiction book.

I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s interested in improving their learning technique, interested in chess, or wants an intriguing read on a plane ride.

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