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Pi attack

And you thought I was a geek for knowing 75 digits of pi.

Peter Thamm of Melbourne’s Viewbank Secondary College has memorised ten thousand digits. (There’s video available of some of it.)

I suppose these days, people have spare number-remembering capacity in their brains, since virtually everyone has a phone (home or mobile) that stores numbers, so nobody needs to memorise anybody’s phone number anymore. Peter’s obviously found a use for that spare capacity.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “Pi attack”

yeah, but when Peter grows up, will he remember his wedding anniversary?
PS I was inadvertantly the “anonymous” yesterday, as I had deleted my cookies. Sorry!

That just boggles my mind…. I’m really not a geek when it comes to numbers LOL! Names are where I excel. I can dredge up names of people and things from years past where people go OMG Debbie how did you remember that?? So, I think it’s just some people that can do number memory better than others, some name memory better than others, and others do a mental map better. For instance: how many people do you know who dropped in a strange city could easily with a two dimesional map easily navigate their way on foot across town? Without sounding too full of myself, I can. In Venice I got my friend Pam and I from the north side of the city, to the main city plaza without getting lost. Anyhow, very interesting stuff, about memory, learning etc.

I can outdo you by 5 digits, i’ve memorised 80 digits of pi! i started on the next 20 to get up to a nice neat 100 but never really got them downpat. it’s really not as hard as people think tho!

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