Could you memorise 446 numbers in a row? This student did
PUBLISHED: 19:00 07 April 2017
A Worle student is 203rd in the world for reciting an infinite sequence of numbers.
Tom Garlick, from Worle Community School, took part in Competition Pi to recall as many numbers in a row as possible.
Pi is the circumference of a circle, divided by the diameter, and is most often recorded as 3.14.
But it is also an infinite number, and challengers from around the world enter competitions to memorise and recall as many digits as possible.
Year nine student Tom recited 446 digits, making him 19th in the UK for remembering the most numbers.
Tom said: “Last year someone said I would not be smart enough. So I decided to prove them wrong and did it as a hobby for a year.
“Every night I would do it before I went to bed. I like to learn. I put my mind to it and just did it.”
Tom now has ambitions to be the best in the UK, and to beat the current British record holder – who has 22,500 digits to their name.
The current world record-holder is from India, and recited 70,000 numbers in nearly 10 hours, while wearing a blindfold.
Maths teacher Lois Kerrison said: “Tom showed amazing determination and ambition to do so many. It was a phenomenal task.
“He reels the numbers off so quickly.”
Head of school Jacqui Scott said: “Tom is truly inspirational. We are so proud of him and he has a fantastic future.”
The earliest written attempts at pi have been recorded from ancient Egypt and Babylon, in Iraq.
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