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
I made a quick video that provides an introduction to memorizing numbers for beginners. The main purpose of the video is to introduce some common number memorization systems and explain the difference between image generation and image placement. Read more
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
Here is a screenshot of the program: Read more
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
Counting in English is painfully slow: “two hundred seventy one, two hundred seventy two, two hundred seventy three.” For the reasons mentioned in this post, I want to have a kind of unconscious mental reference point in my brain, that is as short as possible, for each image/number. Read more
I’ve been thinking more about how a 10,000 image system could be constructed. Here are thoughts on how I might be able to convert my current system into 10,000+ images if I were to do it. (Update: see the newer post on brainstorming a 10,000 image system which includes the structure of all 10,144 images.) Read more
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
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