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Guiness Record Holder Shakuntala Devi | Human Calculator

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Guiness Record Holder Shakuntala Devi | Human Calculator

About Shakuntala Devi

Guiness Record Holder Shakuntala Devi | Human Calculator

Shakuntala Devi (4 November 1929 – 21 April 2013) was an Indian writer and mental calculator, popularly known as the “Human Computer”. Shakuntala Devi strove to simplify mathematics for students Her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of world Records. Devi was a precocious child and she demonstrated her arithmetic abilities at the University of Mysore without any formal education.

Shakuntala Devi wrote a number of books in her later years, including novels as well as texts about mathematics, puzzles, and astrology. She wrote the book The world of Homosexuals, which is considered the first study of homosexuality in India. She treated homosexuality in a positive light and is considered a pioneer in the field.

Mental calculation

Shakuntala Devi traveled to several countries around the world, demonstrating her arithmetic talents, but she chose not to visit Russia (then USSR) and China due to their communist ideologies. She believed her talent was a gift from God and that she was spreading God’s message throughout the world. She was on a tour of Europe in 1950 and New York City in 1976.

 In 1988, she travelled to US to have her abilities studied by Arthur Jensen, a professor of educational psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Jensen tested her performance at several tasks, including the calculation of large numbers. Examples of the problems presented to Devi included calculating the cube root of 61,629,875 and the seventh root of 170,859,375. Jensen reported that Shakuntala Devi provided the solution to the above mentioned problems (395 and 15, respectively) before Jensen could copy them down in his notebook. Jensen published his findings in the academic journal Intelligence in 1990.

Mental calculation

In 1977, at Southern Methodist University, she gave the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds.[6][4] The US Bureau of Standards confirmed her answer, 546,372,891, through calculations performed by the UNIVAC 1101 computer. Engineers had to write a special program for the computer to perform such a large calculation, which took longer than her to do manually.

On 18 June 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers—. Shakuntala Devi Calculating & telling her answer.

. She correctly answered in 28 seconds, which matched the time she took to speak the answer. This event made its way into the 1982 Guinness Book of Records. Writer Steven Smith commented, “the result is so far superior to anything previously reported that it can only be described as unbelievable.”

Shakuntala Devi explained many of the methods she used to do mental calculations in her book Figuring: The Joy of Numbers, which is still in print.

Book on homosexuality

In 1977, she authored “The World of Homosexuals,” the first study of homosexuality in India, for which she faced criticism. In the documentary For Straights Only, she said that her interest in the topic was because of her marriage to a homosexual man and her desire to look at homosexuality more closely to understand it.

The book, considered “pioneering”, features interviews with two young Indian homosexual men, a male couple in Canada seeking legal marriage. . It ends with a call for decriminalization of homosexuality, and “full and complete acceptance—not tolerance and sympathy”. The book, however, went mostly unnoticed at that time.

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