Friday, October 06, 2006

Mmmmmmm, Pi!

So here's a dude over in Japan who went for a Guinness World Record by memorizing and reciting pi to 100,000 decimal places: "3.141592653589793..."

Hunh. Back when I was in high school, budding geek that I was, I had pi memorized to 120 decimal places, of which I can still regurgitate the first 30 or so today. I also had e memorized to a good many decimal places.

I understand this sort of thing is easier in Japanese, where the names of numbers can be formed into mnemonic plays on words which can then be strung together into a story.


Blogger Caltechgirl said...

e is BY DEFINITION easier to remember than pi. That long string of repeating "1828" makes it super easy.

Friday, October 06, 2006 1:02:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

Ah yes... e = 2.71828182845904523536... And once upon a time, I had it memorized to another 30 or 40 decimal places beyond that...

Friday, October 06, 2006 2:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's cause you are a smart man. Have your own language and know the colors of each day ;-)


Saturday, October 07, 2006 8:02:00 AM  

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