Pi and the Periodic Table

Today, I started memorizing pi and got 120 digits down and can recite them in a little less than 2 minutes. I'm using a loci memory palace system with the Major system, placing 60 digits into one room, putting 3 images (6 digits) into each of 10 locations in a room. Using this, I've so far used 2 rooms.

Although I'm not going to STOP memorizing pi, I've decided to start memorizing the periodic table of elements (I've also started Hamlet's soliloquy). I'm doing this both because it's much more useful than memorizing pi (I'm a Physics/Chemistry major) and that it has an end to its memorization. I plan on memorizing all 118 currently known elements' names, symbols, atomic numbers, and atomic masses to 6 significant figures.

I've found that doing this using loci is EXTREMELY useful and clever, because...

I can place 4 images per location and that gives me all the information I need to know. It takes 3 images for the atomic mass to 6 sigfigs and an additional image to indicate the element's symbol (I'm going to rote learn the relationship between names, symbols, and spellings). Cleverly, the numbered location of these images will tell me the atomic number. That gives me all the information I need to memorize in 12 rooms, 118 locations, and 472 images! Seems like a pretty good deal to me for the amount of information I'm memorizing.

I'm excited to start memorizing the periodic table as I feel that it will be of more use to me than pi, as I'll be able to put it to practical use, and will even be able to do some multi-tasking by refreshing my memory while doing chemistry homework!

If anyone has any other tips as to how to organize images to best fit memorizing the periodic table, please let me know! I'd love to hear them.

22 May, 2012 - 15:12
Joined: 6 years 1 month ago


I use ptable.com and this one ^ is awesome. has nice extra stuff on it!

well im gonna start memorizing ( ihavent yet)

22 May, 2012 - 23:30
Joined: 5 years 6 months ago

Thanks Rookus, that is indeed an awesome periodic table! And I just had to look up the link between Manganese and mechanical diggers, so I learned something as well! I have already memorised the basic periodic table and this will be great for adding another layer of detail.


24 July, 2013 - 15:03
Joined: 4 years 4 months ago

I've finished memorizing the Periodic Table just yesterday
It was real pleasure :D

12 July, 2014 - 03:01
Joined: 3 years 4 months ago

Hello Mnemonist,

What techniques did you used for the peridic table?

12 July, 2014 - 14:52
Joined: 4 years 4 months ago

Well, basically just an image of the name of the Element attached to the image that I already have for the number of the same element.
Element: Po ( in my native language it sounds smth like polar, idk whether that is the case in English :? )
No: 84
Image for 84 is a Horse made of Fire :D
So, I see a Polar Bear fighting with the Fire Horse.

16 July, 2014 - 02:12
Joined: 3 years 4 months ago

Thank you for your answer Mnemonist. May I ask you if you also added the atomic mass of the elements?

17 July, 2014 - 06:39
Joined: 4 years 4 months ago

No. But the thing is that I am in a process of perfecting the system for the Periodic Table of Elements. Don't know exactly how to do it know, but I am going to try out some theories.

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