Think you're into pi? Rank yourself:
Find the highest catagory that you meet the minumum requirements of, and that's your Pi Rank.
Pie fan: Memorized <3 digits
NooB:
Memorized 5 digits
Iron:
Memorized 10 digits
Memorized one pi formula
Bronze:
Memorized 25 digits
Memorized one pi formula
Have one pi calculator on your computer
Have 50,000 digits of pi
Silver:
Memorized 50 digits
Memorized two pi formulas
Have two pi calculators on your computer
Have 1,000,000 digits of pi
Personally calculated 50,000 digits of pi
Gold:
Memorized 100 digits
Memorized three pi formulas
Have three pi calculators on your computer
Have 10,000,000 digits of pi
Personally calculated 1,000,000 digits of pi
Titanium:
Memorized 200 digits
Memorized five pi formulas
Have three pi calculators on your computer
Have 50,000,000 digits of pi
Personally calculated 10,000,000 digits of pi
Pi Cruncher:
Memorized 400 digits
Memorized six pi formulas
Have four pi calculators on your computer
Have 100,000,000 digits of pi
Personally calculated 50,000,000 digits of pi
Have written your own pi calculator, must be able to calculate at least 5,000 digits in under 24 hours
Pi Executive:
Memorized 500 digits
Memorized seven pi formulas
Have five pi calculators on your computer
Have 500,000,000 digits of pi
Personally calculated 100,000,000 digits of pi
Have written your own pi calculator, must be able to calculate at least 5,000 digits in under 12 hours
How do you memorize Pi?
Memorizing pi isn't as hard as it sounds. Actors routinely have to memorize pages of script in a day or two. The key to memorizing pi is to chop it up into smaller segments, like words, and deal with them individually. The best way to liken it is to Windows. You create folders to house documents and files, but you clump all the related files together for searching ease. If you have a lot of one kind of, say, document, you will probably create another folder, only this one will be more specific. You don't want to make too many folders, because then it would take to long to access something. I take this approach: Start with "cards", each card has 300 digits, because that is how many I can get onto a 3x5 index card. Then comes "strings" or "lines". There are 10 lines per "card", each consisting of 30 digits. Inside of the "strings" there are "sequences" of digits that have been grouped for easy remembering. It is futile to try to memorize lots of digits individually, so group them into sequences that make sense.
For example, take the first 30 digits, that would be one "string", composed of the following "sequences": 3.14159 26 5358 979323 84 6264 338 3279.
Here are the 570 pi digits I've memorized, broken up into the cards, strings, and sequences I memorized them in: 3. 14159 26 5358 979323 84 6264 338 3279 50288 41971 69399 37510 582 09 74944 59230 78 1640 6286 20 899 86 348 25 34211 70 679 82148 08651 32823 06647 093 844 609 5505 822 3172 5359 408 128 48111 74502 8410 27 0193 852 11 05559 644622 9489 549303 8196 44288 109 75 6659 3344 61 284756 4823 378678 3165 2712 019091 4564 856692 3460 3486 10 4543 266482 1339 3607 2602 4914 1273
72458 700660 631558 81748 815 20920 96282 92540 91715 364367 89259 0360 01133 053054 8820 46652 13841 46951 94151 16094 3305 72703 657 5959 1953 0921 861 173 8193 2611 793 10511 8548 07446 23799 627495 637518 8575 2724 89122 7938 18301 194912 98 3367 3362 4406 5664 3086 0213 949 463952 24737
Feel free to break them up differently, it if helps you. Make sure, though, that they're in some kind of pattern, like the first digit in the third sequence is a 3, or say a 2 is followed by two 3s, then you could split the 3s into separate sequences, making it easy to remember that, when ever you hit that two, "two three's" is next, thus kicking off your next sequence. This is particularly helpful for keeping strings in the right order. Also, be sure to constantly practice. Just reviewing the digits you already know once a day is usually sufficient to keep them in your memory. Keep them by your bed, or sink for when you brush (you do brush, right?). This isn't a nerdy thing to do, it's just efficient. Let's admit it, you're probably not going to devote a chunk of your day to doing this, so just do it whenever it's convenientbut please, for the sake of the world around you, not while you're driving.
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