How to Memorize Pi

Today is Pi Day: March 14, 2016, or 3/14/16 as written in the US. (The first digits of pi are 3.14159, which can be rounded to 3.1416.) In this post I’ll show you an easy way to memorize as many digits of pi as you would like. It’s the same technique that is used by people who memorize many thousands of digits of pi. Read more

Learn How to Memorize the Order of Black & Red in a Deck of Playing Cards (Easy)

This is the first memory technique that I learned, and the one that introduced me to memory techniques. I’ve found that it’s easy to teach in 15 minutes, and most people enjoy learning it.

If you teach it to someone, please leave a comment below and let me know your experience. There are many variations of this technique. I’m just showing one way to do it that I think is relatively easy for beginners. Read more

More on Four-digit Mnemonic Number Systems

I just saw that Ben posted a blog post about his progress with a four-digit number systems:

And then there’s the continuing dilemma of the four-digit number system. I have a nagging doubt that after all the effort of creating it, it’ll turn out to be unusable and I’ll have wasted a lot of time and made myself even worse at memorising numbers than I was in the first place.

Simon Reinhard also left a comment about his four-digit system.  He may be the first example of someone putting a four-digit system to use at the highest level of competition. (He holds the world record in speed cards.) Read more

Thoughts on Expanding to a 10,000 Image Mnemonic System

Yesterday, I wrote down some thoughts on phonetic memory systems. The main part of my system is made up of 2,688 one-syllable words that I think of as a kind of artificial language.

A number like 211614127 is pronounced “NIT-BIR-TUK”. The artificial word, NIT, means Magneto, BIR is beer, and TUK is toucan. The reason behind the one-syllables is explained in the previous post. Basically, some cultures apparently have a greater short term memory capacity because their numbers can be pronounced more quickly. Read more

Thoughts on Phonetic Systems and Memory Techniques as an Artificial Language

When I was deciding on what memory system to use, I tried to think about all the steps that the brain goes through when memorizing, and how to make it as efficient as possible.  This post describes some of the things I’ve been experimenting with over last summer, and why I keep my system strictly phonetic.

I’m not saying that this is the way things should be done.  I haven’t finished my system yet, so I am just thinking out loud (as usual). I’m having fun experimenting, and I don’t think that there will be any detrimental effect to my memory system if I turn out to be wrong, other than that generating the system is taking a longer time than it would otherwise. Read more

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