Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pi to 30

My goal for March 14th:

memorize 3.141592653589793238462643383279.

memorization technique

Digits 0-22 : Rebecca Brannon's Poem

I think this poem is a good start for memorizing Pi. It fits the tune of "America" from West Side Story:
three point one four one five nine
two six five three five eight nine
seven nine three two three eight four
six two six and a whole lot more.

Digits 13-30 : The Giant Palindrome

If you use only the first two lines of the poem (digits 0-12), you can memorize the digits up to position 30 in the following way:

79...........
..32.........
....38.......
......46264.3 - If you disregard the 3, the center of the palindrome is a palindrome itself
....38.......
..32.........
79...........

2 comments:

Ro said...

An interesting self-challenge - I'm all in favour of the superficially pointless like this :)

The very best of luck with this!

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Good luck, although I wonder if it would be easier using a peg technique where you swap the numbers for letters and make words out of them (I'm sure, if you're interested, google can provide further info). Having said that, liked the palindromic bit - that's something I'd not seen about pi before.