# High school student recites 8,784 digits of pi

1. Mar 19, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

I don't get it "But his mathematical feat won the praise of others, including the math and computer science teacher who got Gaurav interested in it."

Why is this considered a "mathematical feat"? He's not actually doing any math. I admit it's an awesome bit of memorization and recitation, but come on, he's not actually doing any math, he's reciting a string of numbers.

So does this make him a great mathematician or someone with great memorization skills that could suck at math?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11858760/

2. Mar 19, 2006

### shmoe

He could also have memorization skills and be awesome at math. This feat is certainly not a demonstration of mathematical ability.

ps. https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=114477 don't GD regulars ever visit the maths forum:tongue:

3. Mar 19, 2006

### scott1

4. Mar 19, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Heavens no, math is hard. :tongue2: Besides, GD is a different world.

So, Russ beat me to it. :grumpy:

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5. Mar 19, 2006

### JamesU

It's good for russ that he's a mentor...or else I don't think he would ever post here again :surprised:

6. Mar 19, 2006

### rachmaninoff

Hey look I've memorized 62 digits! Even better, they're 62 useful digits!

\begin{align}h &= 6.6261 \times 10^{-34} \, J \cdot s \notag \\ \hbar &= 1.0546 \times 10^{-34}\, J\cdot s\notag \\ c &= 2.9979 \times 10^8 \,m/s\notag \\ G &= 6.674 \times 10^{-11} \,m^3/(kg\cdot s^2)\notag\\ k_B &= 1.3807 \times 10^{-23} \,J/K\notag\\ N_A &= 6.0221 \times 10^{23} \notag\\ 1/ \alpha &= 137.036 \notag \\ \epsilon_0 &= 8.8542 \times 10^{-12}\, F/m \notag\\ \mu_0 &\equiv 4 \pi \times 10^{-7} \,N/A^2\notag\\ -q_e &=1.6022 \times 10^{-19}\, C\notag \end{align}

Of course, you could take the easy way out and just know 62 useless digits of pi...

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7. Mar 19, 2006

### mattmns

Me and Evo are thinking alike

8. Mar 19, 2006

Exactly my thoughts.

9. Mar 19, 2006

### Astronuc

Staff Emeritus
High school student recites 8,784 digits of pi.

A bit like counting the grains of sand on beach.

I'd rather drink beer and play frisbee or go surfing.

10. Mar 19, 2006

### zoobyshoe

The question is: was the kid somehow calculating as he went along, or was this "mere" memorization, meaning a completely non-mathematical feat? In the latter case the achievement is a prodigious, but non-mathematical one, and it would be pretty dull-witted to ascribe great math skills to the person who did it.

11. Mar 19, 2006

### BobG

Geez, what's wrong with you folks. I would think he would get invited to scads of parties with a skill like this.

But then, maybe not. Being good at counting on my fingers and toes hasn't gotten me invited to very many parties.

12. Mar 19, 2006

### Cyrus

Arg, these indian kids are taking over the spelling bee's and number memorizing contests. What ever happen to the asian kids!? Oh the humanity!

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13. Mar 19, 2006

### bomba923

Indians are Asians as well

-Did you mean East Asian / Oriental ?

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14. Mar 19, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
:rofl: Maybe he started memorizing it while sitting home alone bored because he wasn't invited to any parties?

15. Mar 19, 2006

### Cyrus

You know what I meant wise guy.

16. Mar 20, 2006

### -Job-

Very good memory can actually be a handicap, it's not accidental that most people don't have that good a memory, i'm fine with my 16 bytes of RAM thank you very much.

17. Mar 20, 2006

### jimmy p

16 BYTES of RAM? you couldn't boil a cup of tea on that! (irrelevant...?)

I had a friend who memorised the periodic table, I wasn't in awe. I just wanted to hurt him.

18. Mar 20, 2006

### JasonRox

Something tells me he needs a girlfriend or a p**** video.

There has to be something better to do with your time.

19. Mar 20, 2006

### DaveC426913

It wasn't an act of world peace, and it wasn't curing cancer. If it has to do with numbers, it must be math.

20. Mar 20, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Actually it has to do with memorization.