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# Remember It! by Nelson Dellis

Author:Nelson Dellis
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Abrams
Published: 2018-09-24T16:00:00+00:00

SECTION 1 — THE SMALL NUMBERS

When learning how to memorize numbers, what we’re really doing is learning how to memorize different-size sequences of digits. Now, you may be thinking, “But, Nelson, isn’t a digit the same as a number?” Well, technically yes. But for our purposes, rather than thinking of having to memorize numbers as individual units on a number scale (like 34 or 1,764 or 803,976), we are going to think of numbers as a collection of digits—the individual numeric atoms that make up every number in the universe. Thinking about numbers in this way will save us a lot of mind power and make our lives easier. Think about it: There are only ten digits—0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9—while there are infinite numbers. As numbers get bigger, they’re really just a sequence of digits growing in length.

By viewing numbers as made up of these ten digits, we can create some very simple and powerful mnemonic systems. As with anything, though, we have to start somewhere, and why not start with all the small sequences of digits that you need to memorize in your daily life? I’m talking about single numbers that you need to keep in your brain while counting pin codes and addresses. Let’s get started, shall we?