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Maths wizard breaks his national Pi record

Who memorised all the Pi: maths lecturer Troy Ashby beats his own record at the Bermuda College Art Gallery (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Maths lecturer Troy Ashby has claimed another Bermuda record for memorisation of digits behind Pi.

Mr Ashby, of Bermuda College, memorised and wrote 12,000 digits to the right of the decimal, to top his previous best of 6,200, in celebration of World Pi Day.

He completed the task on Thursday with 99.95 per cent accuracy in ten hours, independently verified by several witnesses.

Mr Ashby filled all four walls of the Bermuda College Art Gallery and his work will be on display for public viewing at the Gallery, on the second floor of North Hall, weekdays until Friday.

The world record for memorising Pi is more than 70,000.

Mr Ashby said: “For me, originally, it was memorising digits behind Pi as an exercise for Pi Day. I thought it would be interesting to try it myself.

“To achieve what may seem impossible is a great thing and a great feeling. I’m pretty sure that, if I can do it, others can.

“You can train your brain. Once it has gotten used to it, it almost becomes routine to just keep adding additional numbers.

“It might even inspire others to do the same, and go even further.

“My hope is to establish two distinct records in Pi digit memorisation in Bermuda, and possibly the Caribbean: one for writing out the digits, the other for reciting, which involves slightly different rules.

He added: “I hope to break my own record next year.”

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is an infinitely long, non-repeating number.