A TALENTED schoolboy left Good Morning Britain viewers astounded by reciting Pi to 258 decimal places live on air. Charley Thomas, 10, appeared on the show after setting a record when he recited the number to 220 decimal places during assembly at Wycliffe Preparatory School in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, just days ago. After steadily reciting the numbers, Charley, who has been dubbed a “young Einstein,” was praised by viewers. One tweeted, “Wow! I’m at the age now I can just about remember my phone number! Well done Charley.” Another posted, “Charley you were FAB, so impressed with your memory for all those numbers and well done for smashing your previous record.” Pi is the number you get when you divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter. The first digits of Pi, 3.14, are well known — but the number is infinitely long. Extending the known sequence of digits in Pi is very difficult because the number follows no set pattern. Speaking on the program, Charley explained that he learns the numbers in blocks of 10 and was rehearsing for weeks ahead of the school assembly. “If I’m doing it swiftly, it takes just under two minutes,” he said. “I learn them in blocks of 10. Every block of 10 is a couple of seconds. But we’ve timed it to see if it’s too long to do now.” Presenters Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins and Piers Morgan were left in awe of Charley, with Morgan describing his Pi recital as “one of the most impressive things he had ever seen.” Charley originally recited Pi in a school assembly celebrating Pi Day, March 14. He became the youngest Briton ever to recite the number to 220 decimal places. Speaking after the achievement, he said, “I’m not very good at standing up and doing something in front of people so I was a bit nervous at assembly. “I had rehearsed at home and knew I could get to 220 places. I really like maths.” Pi is used in engineering, physics, supercomputing and space exploration — because its value can be used in calculations for waves, circles and cylinders. Headmaster Adrian Palmer said, “This is an incredible achievement and one that no Wycliffe pupil has done before. “It is fitting that on the same day Emma Haruka Iwao, a Google employee from Japan, calculated the value of the number Pi to a new world record length of 31 trillion digits, far past the previous record of 22 trillion. “Charley received a standing ovation for his efforts in assembly and it was so richly deserved.” (SD-Agencies) |