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Monday, January 24, 2011

How to remember 1000 digits of Pi

"How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics!" - Can you remember this sentence?

Remembering a sentence of fifteen words is, for most of us, easier then a string of fifteen digits. Remembering a string of 1000 digits is impossible, unless you belong to the class of savants of prodigies. Remembering a text of 1000 words is possible though, not easy, possible.

There are however some limitations, you can only use words of 1 to 9 letters. The number of letters of a word represent the digit.

"How(3) I(1) want(4) a(1) drink(5), alcoholic(9) of(2) course(6), after(5) the(3) heavy(5) lectures(8) involving(9) quantum(7) mechanics(9)!"

Any suggestions for a better strategy to remember 1000 digits of Pi?


  1. Remembering the first 1,000 digits of Pi is a very simple task. It sounds daunting at first, but I assure you it is much easier than you think. The method you are using only complicates the process. You need to use the Dominic Method with the Journey Method. The Dominic Method uses 100 characters, each representing a number and letter code.

    For instance: 11 on my list is Andre Agassi; his action is playing tennis, naturally. To remember 4 digits at one time, you pair 1 character with the 2nd characters action. So for the first 4 digits of Pi, we have: 3.1415 which corresponds to: Andy Dick writing on a blackboard (1415). AD=14, AE=15. AE is Albert Einstein and his action is writing on a blackboard. So pairing the first character and giving him the second character's action gives you a sequence of 4 digits.

    The NEXT step, after memorizing your 100 person list (which gives you 10,000 memory storage locations) is to put them on a Journey. Take a familiar Journey around your house, neighborhood, etc. For instance, start in your bathroom: You have Andy Dick writing on a blackboard IN YOUR BATHTUB. Then you have Norman Bates (92) playing with toys (65)IN YOUR TOILET...then at your get the idea.

    If you want clarification on this or help with your 100 person list, let me know. People have used this technique to memorize 75,000 digits of Pi. I have a journey with 1,000. A simple 50 mile round-trip stretch of highway with landmarks to "Put" these characters on will suffice for 250 storage locations of 4 digits (1 person with 2nd action) at each, which equals 1,000 digits. Email me at: if you want more info/help.

  2. Have promoted reply including original comment from 1fastbmw328 to main blog.

  3. Or...or... put them to a song. The pi song will take you out to 30, then you just pick a relatively short song with clear cut syllables that you know well (fight songs work well) and put the numbers to it, and sing it over and over again.

  4. Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii pppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeoooooooooooooooopppppppppppppllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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