People have appreciated memorizing the digits in pi since the start of the early 19th century. Back then, only several hundred digits were identified, so it was hardly more of a challenge than memorizing a long story or a poem. However, since then supercomputers have calculated more digits of pi than any memory genius could ever recite in a lifetime, let alone memorized. These days pi memorization is only for the truly dedicated and elite.
Most people would get a headache just thinking about some of the things Sancy Suraj commits to memory. Last month, Sancy set a new Singapore record by memorizing and reciting 1505-digit of Pi. He took 30 minutes to recite all 1505 digits of pi. The event was sponsored by Red Bull and GNC.
Sancy is no stranger to memory sports. He previously held the Guinness World Records for The Longest Colour Sequence Memorized. At the World Memory Championships on 2011, Sancy Suraj, A True-Red-Blooded-Singaporean also memorized, 176 abstract images in 15 minutes, 98 words in 15 minutes, 480 numbers in 60 minutes, 51 names, and faces in 15 minutes, 460 binary digits in 30 minutes.
When asked why did he memorize Pi? “The time was right. I had the sponsors I wanted and was well prepared so I decided to go for it.” Sancy said.
Sancy only had 30 minutes to recite the 1505 digits of Pi. According to the Singapore Books of Records rule, those attempting the Pi recitation record will have to write the digits down. “The issue I faced was writing down the digits. I could have recited more digits of pi but the writing was slowing me down.”
When asked if he plans to break his current record? “I do not usually plan that far ahead for my records. I’ll do it when I fell like it’s the right time. For now, I’ll let someone break my Singapore record first.” Beating 1505 digits of pi in 30 minutes, anyone up for that challenge?