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High school student recites 8,784 digits of pi

  1. Mar 19, 2006 #1


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    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?

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    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:
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  5. Mar 19, 2006 #4


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

    So, Russ beat me to it. :grumpy:
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    It's good for russ that he's a mentor...or else I don't think he would ever post here again :surprised:
  7. Mar 19, 2006 #6
    Hey look I've memorized 62 digits! Even better, they're 62 useful digits!

    [tex]\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}[/tex]

    Of course, you could take the easy way out and just know 62 useless digits of pi...
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  8. Mar 19, 2006 #7
    Me and Evo are thinking alike :smile:
  9. Mar 19, 2006 #8
    Exactly my thoughts.
  10. Mar 19, 2006 #9


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    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. :cool: :biggrin:
  11. Mar 19, 2006 #10
    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.
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    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. :frown:
  13. Mar 19, 2006 #12
    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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  14. Mar 19, 2006 #13
    Indians are Asians as well :wink:

    -Did you mean East Asian / Oriental ?
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    :rofl: Maybe he started memorizing it while sitting home alone bored because he wasn't invited to any parties?
  16. Mar 19, 2006 #15
    You know what I meant wise guy.
  17. Mar 20, 2006 #16


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    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. :smile:
  18. Mar 20, 2006 #17

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

    There has to be something better to do with your time.
  20. Mar 20, 2006 #19


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    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.
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    Actually it has to do with memorization.
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