Now that’s some memory

Do you remember the times in school when 3.1415926 was something you knew better than your telephone number. Well that’s the value of Pi, the ubiquitous greek alphabet that came to be synonimous with everything from the circumference calculations of a circle to crazy ass formulaes.

There were competitions in class to recite Pi to as many digits as one can.

The website Pi History describes a “very easy” way to do it

….here is a mnemonic for the decimal expansion of ?. Each successive digit is the number of letters in the corresponding word.

How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics. All of thy geometry, Herr Planck, is fairly hard…:


And my comment is WTF !!! But then that’s me. Thank god one kid Gaurav Rajav did not think so. And you will read ahead why. Apparently, all this for an Xbox.

As per this article

A high school student Tuesday recited 8,784 digits of Pi — the non-repeating and non-terminating decimal — likely placing him among the top Pi-reciters in the world.

Gaurav Rajav, 15, had hoped to recite 10,790 digits and set a new record in the United States and North America. But he remembered enough to potentially place third in national and North American Pi recitation and 12th in the world.

His ranking should be verified by the Pi World Ranking List within two months.

“I’m kind of disappointed, but I guess I did OK,” said Gaurav, a junior at Salem High School. But his mathematical feat won the praise of others, including the math and computer science teacher who got Gaurav interested in it.

“I’m still stunned,” said Linda Gooding, one of three contest judges. She then joked, “That’s a couple more than I can do.”

Gaurav began memorizing Pi while a student in Gooding’s class. Gooding holds the competition every year, and said she expected students to learn about 40 digits. Gaurav recited nearly 2,990 the first time.

Gaurav’s parents promised him an Xbox 360 video game console if he had reached his goal. His father, Jogesh Rajav, jokingly offered to get him “an Xbox, but no game.”

But Gaurav ultimately turned town his mother Seema’s offer to buy him the game system anyway because of their deal.

He will try for the record again in May.


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