Learn While You Sleep

Long before Novelist AldousHuxley conceived of a Brave New World where schoolkids could learn their lessons through "hypnopaedia" (sleep-teaching), a less talented novelist wrote a book with a similar idea. It never broke into print: New York publishers thought it too badly written and too fantastic. In the novel, an ambitious man made himself ruler of the world by inventing a "cerebrograph" (mind-writer), which taught people while they slept. Author Max Sherover abandoned the novel, but not the idea.

Stubby, bubbly Sherover, 59, has made a fortune out of his ideas and his energy. He has edited a...

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