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Boost your memory by Darren Bridger

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Carroll’s curious language of numbers

Turning numbers into letters, words or images is one of the cornerstones of memory techniques.

Numbers have their own order, but are hard to visualise; words are easy to visualise but lack order. However, if you combine them, you have a very powerful memory system.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is famous as a nineteenth-century mathematician and writer under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll; he’s probably best known for the topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland. However, less well known was that he was also a talented poet. He developed a memory system called the ‘Memoria Technica’ which took memory techniques back to their poetic roots. It’s similar to other number systems in that it converts numbers ...

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