A Big Slice of Pi

By Deane Barker on March 16, 2006

Student recites 8,784 digits of Pi: I know I promoted memorization before, but this is a little over the top.

A high school student Tuesday recited 8,784 digits of Pi — the non-repeating and non-terminating decimal — likely placing him among the top Pi-reciters in the world.

Gaurav Rajav, 15, had hoped to recite 10,790 digits and set a record in the United States and North America. But he remembered enough to potentially place third in national and North American Pi recitation and 12th in the world.

His ranking should be verified by the Pi World Ranking List within two months.

I just can’t believe there’s a society that tracks this stuff. According to this page someone recited it to 42,195 digits in 1995, and there was an unverified recitation of over 80,000 digits last year.

Every sport has its championship. Every sport has its world ranking list.

For many who like to memorize numbers, PI is the ultimate number, and it makes sense to create a list for people to get in touch and learn where they stand in the world of memorizers.

I like pie.

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