''Numbers have life, they are not just symbols on paper''
Google is celebrating 84th birth anniversary of mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi, nicknamed ‘human computer’ for her ability to make complex mental calculations.
Shakuntala Devi found a slot in the Guinness Book of World Record for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books like.‘Fun with Numbers’,
.‘Astrology for You’,.‘Puzzles to Puzzle You’, and
She had the ability to tell the day of the week of any given date in the last century in a jiffy. Coming from a humble family, Shakuntala Devi’s father was a circus performer who did trapeze, tightrope and cannonball shows.
Her father discovered her amazing ability to memorize numbers while teaching her a card trick when she was only three years old. Thereafter he left the circus and took her on road shows that displayed her ability at number crunching.
In 1977 in USA, Shakuntala Devi competed with a computer to see who gives the cube root of 188132517 faster and she won. Similarly on June 18, 1980, Shakuntala Devi demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds which is correct.
Shakuntala Devi recently passed away on April 21, 2013 in a hospital in Bangalore from complications of the heart and kidneys.
Did you know she had never been to school?
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