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Memorizing Pi to its 22,514th place

Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2007 | Comment icon 4 comments


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"Daniel Tammet has peculiar skills. He sees numerals and words as "shapes, colors, textures and motions,'' and that ability makes him a whiz at doing arithmetic and memorizing numbers and phrases."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by justejust on 25 February, 2007, 18:33
how strange - I saw a documentary about him two days ago. Finally synesthesia gives some tangible benefit...I mean, I never thought synesthesia can be useful
Comment icon #2 Posted by brothers on 26 February, 2007, 1:21
Daniel Tammet has peculiar skills. He sees numerals and words as "shapes, colors, textures and motions,'' and that ability makes him a whiz at doing arithmetic and memorizing numbers and phrases. The young Englishman -- he's 28 now -- set a European record in 2004 by publicly reciting the first 22,514 digits of pi from memory. To prove he can learn foreign tongues rapidly, he conversed in Icelandic with a TV interviewer after just a week of exposure to the language. But, as Tammet makes clear in his memoir "Born on a Blue Day,'' there's a tradeoff for these skills: His differently wired brain ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Urbane Artistry on 5 April, 2007, 4:27
Hello Everyone, The below statement is quite accurate, and if anyone here is interested in seeing the artwork that Daniel creates, the "shapes, colors, textures and motions" described below, please come and visit us at www.urbaneartistry.com. Currently we are taking reservations for high quality limited edition prints of Daniel's most famous image, "Pi". Daniel Tammet has peculiar skills. He sees numerals and words as "shapes, colors, textures and motions,'' and that ability makes him a whiz at doing arithmetic and memorizing numbers and phrases. The young Englishman -- he's 28 now -- set a Eu... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Kretos on 5 April, 2007, 7:59
watched a documentary film about him yesterdaay... quite amazed.. he learned Icelandic in 7 days. pretty cool


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