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The potential of the human mind is absolutely phenomenal, and Tony Buzan is one of the world's leading experts on how people can maximize their brainpower. Now, in his most comprehensive book yet on the topic, Buzan reveals exciting new ways to improve one's memory, concentration, creativity, ability to learn, and more. The potential of the human mind is absolutely phenomenal, and Tony Buzan is one of the world's leading experts on how people can maximize their brainpower. Now, in his most comprehensive book yet on the topic, Buzan reveals exciting new ways to improve one's memory, concentration, creativity, ability to learn, and more.


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The potential of the human mind is absolutely phenomenal, and Tony Buzan is one of the world's leading experts on how people can maximize their brainpower. Now, in his most comprehensive book yet on the topic, Buzan reveals exciting new ways to improve one's memory, concentration, creativity, ability to learn, and more. The potential of the human mind is absolutely phenomenal, and Tony Buzan is one of the world's leading experts on how people can maximize their brainpower. Now, in his most comprehensive book yet on the topic, Buzan reveals exciting new ways to improve one's memory, concentration, creativity, ability to learn, and more.

30 review for The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nigel Temple

    Tony was kind enough to include one of my Mind Maps within this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Umeshikad

    Without doubt I learnt a lot reading this book and like the fact that I read it. But it is important to note that I didn’t like the entire book, but liked some sections of the book which I’m definitely going to use. I divide the book in to three sections for easy reference, the first few chapters were really interesting where you get to learn about your brain’s capacity, storage and marvels. It is amazing to know about this genius machine we carry within us. It is all about how you can use your b Without doubt I learnt a lot reading this book and like the fact that I read it. But it is important to note that I didn’t like the entire book, but liked some sections of the book which I’m definitely going to use. I divide the book in to three sections for easy reference, the first few chapters were really interesting where you get to learn about your brain’s capacity, storage and marvels. It is amazing to know about this genius machine we carry within us. It is all about how you can use your brain without stressing and tiring it too much. In the second section, I found repetitive contents which were so boring to go through, this bit dragged a little bit as I constantly felt asleep while reading. Quite unusual as I go at one reading or long reading spells myself. I agree with some of the reviews which say that it sounds like an advertising campaign for the products and services of the author. Surely it does, but it’s only few chapters in the middle of the book. Final section again like the first, was very interesting and quite useful for work, study and life as well. Overall it’s a good read and especially the young student should give it ago, so they get their base right.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anh

    I think Mind Map is a wonderful invention. I have been studying my Physics lessons better because I have drawn a lot of Mind Maps to present my theory lessons. I totally agree with the effect of Mind Map. When I draw a Mind map, I have to read through my lessons very carefully, choose the key words and ideas to draw. Finally, with many colours and highlight, my Maps are more remarkable and I have remembered even the smallest details. Now, I even draw a recipe for my mother by Mind Map. She finds I think Mind Map is a wonderful invention. I have been studying my Physics lessons better because I have drawn a lot of Mind Maps to present my theory lessons. I totally agree with the effect of Mind Map. When I draw a Mind map, I have to read through my lessons very carefully, choose the key words and ideas to draw. Finally, with many colours and highlight, my Maps are more remarkable and I have remembered even the smallest details. Now, I even draw a recipe for my mother by Mind Map. She finds this idea very interesting as well :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    I like the whole concept of mind mapping, but this author really gets under my skin, with his supercilious nature. If you, like me, like the whole concept of mind mapping, then give this book a go. The only thing I will say is: "Don't always believe what this author tells you," as some of his ideas have been refuted. Apparently, the words of Tony Buzan: " The mind map is the, ' Most Powerful Thinking Tool In The Universe'," will draw you in and hopefully, have you believing everything stated in hi I like the whole concept of mind mapping, but this author really gets under my skin, with his supercilious nature. If you, like me, like the whole concept of mind mapping, then give this book a go. The only thing I will say is: "Don't always believe what this author tells you," as some of his ideas have been refuted. Apparently, the words of Tony Buzan: " The mind map is the, ' Most Powerful Thinking Tool In The Universe'," will draw you in and hopefully, have you believing everything stated in his book. I beg to differ on this...the brain is the most powerful thinking tool in the universe! Lots of Hyperbole to keep the readers interested🙄 I will say one thing though, this book has gave me a few ideas for designing mind maps, but I just wish it was written by somebody less...conceited. I feel a 3 star review is very fair, given the fact that the author likes to go on and on and on and on about all his great ideas, and most of all, his: 'Mind Mapping Tool'. The tool he created, but can't he proved. I guess you do get some authors who think they are so special and like us to know it. My final thoughts are that, being a new student, in Higher Education (doing an Open University degree in computing and I.T), this book has come in handy for helping me design my first mind map, which was on my learning strengths and weaknesses list. It has showed me the many central rules you should use before starting a mind map, including: using a central image or picture; using different coloured branches for each topic and using a single key image or word for each branch. These ideas where a massive help in showing me how to design my first mind map. Only time will tell whether this simple, but effective idea will help me in my forth coming studies and help me to gain the certificate I so desire🤔

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eric Franklin

    The single best resource I have found relating to mind maps and listed by practitioners as being "the one" to own. While much of the book is repetitive with regards to overall process of creation, benefits, etc., the scope and variety of examples, images, and exercises makes it an invaluable resource. If you are interested in the subject, this is the one to read, from the guy who developed the overall mind map concept over an extended period of time. I'm keeping this one at my office as a resour The single best resource I have found relating to mind maps and listed by practitioners as being "the one" to own. While much of the book is repetitive with regards to overall process of creation, benefits, etc., the scope and variety of examples, images, and exercises makes it an invaluable resource. If you are interested in the subject, this is the one to read, from the guy who developed the overall mind map concept over an extended period of time. I'm keeping this one at my office as a resource if any of you co-workers would like to check it out or borrow it. Note: The book is no longer in print and you have to obtain it on the secondary market.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarezh kamla

    Mind Map - Tony buzan would be with you Step by step to how make your own Style mind Map & Talked about Mind Map usage in detail long explanation - Quite good book for one about start using Mind Map in his Life

  7. 4 out of 5

    magdalena dyjas

    This book is what happens when someone overthinks the simple concept/subject and tries to make a life long project out of it. I'm a fan of mind maps, not a fan of this book. This book is what happens when someone overthinks the simple concept/subject and tries to make a life long project out of it. I'm a fan of mind maps, not a fan of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    He spent the entire book doing two things: elevating a simple brainstorming technique to a panacea for everything in the world; and selling us on this idea over and over and over and over again. To get an idea how silly and wrongheaded the whole thing was, he concludes his book (written in 1994) telling us how we are on the cusp of a mentally literate (redundant.....) revolution, where intelligence will be the new mark of fame. And Kim Kardashian is our cultural icon, while Donald Trump is the f He spent the entire book doing two things: elevating a simple brainstorming technique to a panacea for everything in the world; and selling us on this idea over and over and over and over again. To get an idea how silly and wrongheaded the whole thing was, he concludes his book (written in 1994) telling us how we are on the cusp of a mentally literate (redundant.....) revolution, where intelligence will be the new mark of fame. And Kim Kardashian is our cultural icon, while Donald Trump is the frontrunner for President. Gigantic waste of time, this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    S A

    I used to suffer from a lack of photographic memory. Hence, I searched to find a source of material to overcome it. Although this book explains how to do mind mapping but does not explicitly say why the writer has been the champion of memory in the world for several years. To put it precisely, the secret of achieving such a success is not released in e passage. Anyhow, it is a sort of reference in the field.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Khalid

    This book describes the concepts of mind maps; a tool that is supposed to revolutionize the way we live our lives. Mind Maps use knowledge about the way our brain works in order to efficiently utilize our brains and makes creative thinking and memorization, among other functions, easier. The book, at least partially, is quite enjoyable. However, the concept of Mind Maps is, in my opinion, overrated, and the author is giving it far more attention than it deserves. Well, it is a book about Mind Map This book describes the concepts of mind maps; a tool that is supposed to revolutionize the way we live our lives. Mind Maps use knowledge about the way our brain works in order to efficiently utilize our brains and makes creative thinking and memorization, among other functions, easier. The book, at least partially, is quite enjoyable. However, the concept of Mind Maps is, in my opinion, overrated, and the author is giving it far more attention than it deserves. Well, it is a book about Mind Maps, but that does not mean making Mind Maps the solution to every problem we face in life. I got tired with the book towards the end, but in the beginning, it was quite enjoyable. Learning more about our brains, how they function, and how to utilize them better is something I enjoyed. However, looking at it that way, I would’ve been better off if I got one of Tony Buzan’s other books about memory or using our heads. It is likely to have more of what I wanted, and less of this Mind Map advertising. I doubt I’ll get another of his books though. I like the subject of the brain and memory, but I will probably find other authors. Diversity is good in this regard.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Aguilar

    The theory exposed -and practices proposed- in the first chapters sound indeed reasonable and useful. The author references many cognitive features (visual memory, associative networks, synesthesia...) that can help a lot in both reflective and creative thinking. However, the writing style is so annoying... The whole book is full of pseudo-scientific terms and sentences, claiming how miraculous "his" technique is and what incredible goals you can achieve if you adhere to the "radiant thinking" t The theory exposed -and practices proposed- in the first chapters sound indeed reasonable and useful. The author references many cognitive features (visual memory, associative networks, synesthesia...) that can help a lot in both reflective and creative thinking. However, the writing style is so annoying... The whole book is full of pseudo-scientific terms and sentences, claiming how miraculous "his" technique is and what incredible goals you can achieve if you adhere to the "radiant thinking" trend. Also, I felt that the author went around the same ideas and structure again and again, not as a way of helping you -the reader- grasp difficult concepts, but rather aiming to make the argument that Mind Maps can be applied in very different contexts (which is probably true, but looks like you don't need 300 pages to demonstrate it). Finally, the appendix contains some illustrations of "great brains" annotations (Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein, Picasso...)... none of them being a mental map, at least not in the way ape he describes in the rest of the book...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Malek J.

    A book that changed my life because simply it changed my Brain ! I used to have a very bad memory, I always getting confused when note making or note taking ! It also give you a very productive and innovative way to be creative and to deliver new creative Ideas. Now, I can't attend any new training course without having my Ipad with the IMindMap App ! It's just Amazing, it will change the way of processing in your mind. I thank the God he drove this book for me in the beginning of my learning life. A book that changed my life because simply it changed my Brain ! I used to have a very bad memory, I always getting confused when note making or note taking ! It also give you a very productive and innovative way to be creative and to deliver new creative Ideas. Now, I can't attend any new training course without having my Ipad with the IMindMap App ! It's just Amazing, it will change the way of processing in your mind. I thank the God he drove this book for me in the beginning of my learning life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tim Nowotny

    If you pick this book up because you want to improve your mindmapping skills, be aware that there must be better books out there for this task. Much of the text in this books is occupied why the technique of Mindmaps is great and how you do it in general concept. For me, this made for a lot of skipped paragraphs. What I found great what the constant push for using Mindmaps not only as a structuring device but for creativity as well. Some of the examples have been enlightening for me and broadened If you pick this book up because you want to improve your mindmapping skills, be aware that there must be better books out there for this task. Much of the text in this books is occupied why the technique of Mindmaps is great and how you do it in general concept. For me, this made for a lot of skipped paragraphs. What I found great what the constant push for using Mindmaps not only as a structuring device but for creativity as well. Some of the examples have been enlightening for me and broadened my view on how to apply this tool. All in all, the book is not bad, just with way too much fluff

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nhân Nguyễn

    Interesting facts.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taro

    I had high hope for this book. Somehow Mind Mapping has always interested me but I've never really taken time to know what it entails. Recently I've been researching better ways to learn and take notes, and the time had come to actually know what the method is all about. Well, I'm quite disappointed. The method itself looks simple enough, but I was very frustrated by the lack of substantiation of the method through evidence. The author often refers to his other books for details and there are ins I had high hope for this book. Somehow Mind Mapping has always interested me but I've never really taken time to know what it entails. Recently I've been researching better ways to learn and take notes, and the time had come to actually know what the method is all about. Well, I'm quite disappointed. The method itself looks simple enough, but I was very frustrated by the lack of substantiation of the method through evidence. The author often refers to his other books for details and there are instances where he actually cites academic studies, but much of supporting evidence consists of mere anecdotes ("hey, this guy tried this, and he really liked it!" kind of stories...). Things got so repetitious that I increasingly skimmed through toward the end. In the end, I am not convinced if there is any substance to the whole method. Written 25 years ago, I'd suggest that you read Chapter 29 first if you wish to get the taste of the writing style in the book. The author was writing about the future which is far from what we now know. If that sort of uncontrolled optimism is your thing, then this book may be for you. If not, then the entire book would feel pseudoscience-y.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Taylor

    What if you had a way of taking notes that is in-line with the way your brain works? The full-color "The Mind Map Book" shows you how to do that. It starts with exploring the limitations of linear note taking and then introduces the readers to mind maps — where you place a central idea on a page and then branch out from it with significant keywords. To picture how mind maps work, think of a tree — a trunk (the central image) then branches (significant keywords) and finally the leaves (lesser keyw What if you had a way of taking notes that is in-line with the way your brain works? The full-color "The Mind Map Book" shows you how to do that. It starts with exploring the limitations of linear note taking and then introduces the readers to mind maps — where you place a central idea on a page and then branch out from it with significant keywords. To picture how mind maps work, think of a tree — a trunk (the central image) then branches (significant keywords) and finally the leaves (lesser keywords). As one of the world's leading experts on how to use the power of your brain, this book is written in such a way that it can be read quickly and you can remember most of it. It takes some time to get used to using mind maps, especially if you're taking notes of a live talk as you may feel that you're missing out because you're not writing enough words. But as your experience grows, you see that you have better recall of what you've learned. Once you unlock the power of your brain, it will astonish you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I'd heard about Mind Maps from several other sources before I finally read Buzan's book for myself, and I'm definitely glad I did. I was most impressed by how well many of the ideas behind this technique map onto psychological concepts of spreading activation of knowledge and mental representations of ideas. Although I'm still grasping all of the potential behind the many possible uses for them, I really do agree that developing Mind Maps helps to organize and direct your thinking in ways that t I'd heard about Mind Maps from several other sources before I finally read Buzan's book for myself, and I'm definitely glad I did. I was most impressed by how well many of the ideas behind this technique map onto psychological concepts of spreading activation of knowledge and mental representations of ideas. Although I'm still grasping all of the potential behind the many possible uses for them, I really do agree that developing Mind Maps helps to organize and direct your thinking in ways that traditional linear notes and outlines do not. I can tell that a lot of practice would be needed in order to get really good at using them, but I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to become a more creative and generative thinker.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Artem Fedorov

    This book is too complicated for understanding. It could probably be a lot shorter. I have met with mindmaps much earlier than I discover a book of their founder. And the "Mind Map Book" is seemed to be overly academic with vague language and a little bit outdated. Today, there are many big articles about mindmaps, which will explain the essence of them with more simple and understandable language. This book is too complicated for understanding. It could probably be a lot shorter. I have met with mindmaps much earlier than I discover a book of their founder. And the "Mind Map Book" is seemed to be overly academic with vague language and a little bit outdated. Today, there are many big articles about mindmaps, which will explain the essence of them with more simple and understandable language.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alvaro Vazquez

    It was really exciting and very easly to start mind-mapping. I used this strategy to analys some news today and linked each other. At the end of the day I am able to remember a lot from my chart, eventhough quite boring it was, because I did not ise colours.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mohammad Qahtani

    The books starts with very interesting facts and concepts about the brain, but then slowly starts to drifts away to very boring and logical points that even a 5 year old would know. I red this book hoping i would be able to understand my brain more and to creat mental “mind maps” (connect ideas together better to increase creativity, focus and other things) but the book was literally talking about making note maps or whatever it is. I understand that such a technique could be useful for brainstor The books starts with very interesting facts and concepts about the brain, but then slowly starts to drifts away to very boring and logical points that even a 5 year old would know. I red this book hoping i would be able to understand my brain more and to creat mental “mind maps” (connect ideas together better to increase creativity, focus and other things) but the book was literally talking about making note maps or whatever it is. I understand that such a technique could be useful for brainstorming, but there isn’t much to talk about the topic in the first place, its very simple and this is where the book gets lost as it starts talking about nutrition, your work and family life, working out and other things that are just boring and almost 90% of the people know.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nishant Bhagat

    Mind maps always held that awe for me till I read this book and realised how simple they are. Yes, there a level of complexity which gets as you start adding layers to it. But a very useful tool to get you started. The most important aspect is to make sure you choose the right central idea. Post that it gets easy. The book does lose some of the initial excitement as you go along. I found the chapters towards the end irrelevant to me, but would be relevant to people who are working / studying in t Mind maps always held that awe for me till I read this book and realised how simple they are. Yes, there a level of complexity which gets as you start adding layers to it. But a very useful tool to get you started. The most important aspect is to make sure you choose the right central idea. Post that it gets easy. The book does lose some of the initial excitement as you go along. I found the chapters towards the end irrelevant to me, but would be relevant to people who are working / studying in the areas of Brain Studies. A good book on a useful tool, wonder why it isn't taught in our schools as yet!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annie Kate

    This is a colorful, creative way of organizing ideas, notes, or projects that seems to be very effective for some. After I learned to make mind maps I started dreaming them, but it is still a bit more intense than my usual way of taking notes and takes a bit of extra effort I have ‘no time’ for. (adapted from a write up on my blog) I should probably make the time, though, and nowadays I use mind maps to organize information that is very important to me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    rather wordy before he gets to the point, but overall helpful. Interesting about daily mind maps as a daily planner. Of course this book does not answer all the questions about mms, just what they are and the myriad of ways to use them. A lot of questions remains, but it seems Buzan is good at selling that piecemeal.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alan Davis

    I did not finish this book. I read about half...and realized I had no idea why I was reading it... It does offer a different, more creative and more involved way of taking notes. Personally, I’m not really looking for that. In the future, as my son grows and I attempt to get him to read books for his personal growth, this book may be helpful for that reason.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Packed full of invaluable tips...that said, the sections for applications of mind maps in different situations struck me as repetitive and kind of common sense really...especially when the advantages of electronic vs paper mind maps are listed...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lilly Mary

    While the concept of mind mapping is a useful tool - this is little more than instructional manual and a relatively uninspiring one at that. The chapter that I solely about pitching their App sums up the style of this book. P.S just to be clear, I won’t be buying the App.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luis

    I was expecting a lot more from this book. This books provides a general understanding of mind mapping. What it lacks is, those exercises to take you deep into hand-on exercises. It is a shame since it is such an interesting topic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    خالد

    It give you deep idea about this new creative way of thinking. It need more update and improvement. it no need to read it all , you can read what matter just to understand the principle of mind mapping .

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pradyuman Singh Rajput

    Getting problems in generating ideas and remembering information. Tony Buzan is here to rescue. He will guide you to your brain and help you achieve more and do things differently and quickly in an effective manner

  30. 5 out of 5

    Praveen Pipara

    The book has got the concept of mindmap in initial chapters and after it kind of details same / similar information for different use cases. It is a drag beyond a point and could have been shorter. Also for someone who knows the technique there is not much in it.

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