I’ve been thinking about mnemonic systems for memorizing foreign words similar to some of the descriptions I’ve read about Giordano Bruno’s system. I don’t think it would be efficient to memorize every single syllable of a foreign word with an image, but it might be useful to have a vocabulary of images that could be applied to any word in order to jog the memory. Read more
Here is a fascinating webpage about Giordano Bruno’s memory system.
Frances Yates reconstructed Bruno’s mnemonic wheel based on his book De Umbris Idearum. De Umbris Idearum can be downloaded here. Unfortunately, I’ve only seen it available in Latin so haven’t been able to read it.
Below are some books related to memory improvement that I’ve read so far, in no particular order. My favorites are in bold.
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