Australian recites 4,400 digit number from memory

For Australian Chris Lyons, reciting a 4,400 digit number was as easy as pi.

For Australian Chris Lyons, reciting a 4,400 digit number was as easy as pi.

Lyons, 36, recited the first 4,400 digits of pi – a mathematical value that has an infinite number of decimal places – without a single error at the 2006 Mindsports AustraliaZ Festival, said organiser David Cordover said Tuesday.

The memory coach from the southern city of Melbourne took two-and-a-half hours to complete the feat, Cordover said.

Lyons said he spent just one week memorising the digits before reciting them for judges at the festival.

“With the right techniques and a bit of practice you can remember what ever you want,” Lyons said.

Lyon’s feat is far from the record, however.

In July, a Japanese psychiatric counsellor recited pi to 83,431 decimal places from memory, breaking his own personal best of 54,000 digits and setting an unofficial world record.

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