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Video of math genius Shakuntala Devi answering complex problems in seconds is blowing people's minds

She holds a Guinness World Record for correctly multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds.

Video of math genius Shakuntala Devi answering complex problems in seconds is blowing people's minds
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Shakuntala Devi, who was born in 1929, was India's first woman mathematician. She was dubbed the "human computer" because of her ability to perform lengthy calculations in her head faster than a computer. Shakuntala Devi was famous throughout the world for her ability to solve complex mathematical problems in seconds without the use of a pen, paper, or calculator. She even holds a Guinness World Record for correctly multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds, according to Winaum Learning. On social media, an old video of the mathematician has gone viral. The video was uploaded on Twitter by @historyinmemes.The captioned "Shakuntala Devi: The Indian who was known as a human computer for her mental math skills" has procured more than six million views. Devi can be seen in the 1977 video answering a number of mathematical questions posed by the audience in seconds, much like a computer - perhaps even better. The video is from a Doordarshan episode in which Devi performs for an Indian audience following her return from a string of international appearances. The Prasar Bharti Archives first shared it on YouTube.



Despite the fact that Shakuntala Devi set the Guinness World Record for the fastest computation years ago, an official certificate was only recently issued; four decades after the achievement, Guinness World Records honored the 'Human Computer' with the long-overdue record title. Anupama Banerji, the late mathematician's daughter, received the award. Banerji was about ten years old at the time her mother set the world record. When she appeared in an interview with BBC Channel, she was given this title. Leslie Mitchell hosted this program on October 5, 1950. The channel had asked her a difficult question, to which she had responded correctly. However, the channel did not have the same answer, so they described it incorrectly. However, when they double-checked it later, they discovered that Shakuntala Devi's answer was correct. As a result, she was given the title of Human-Computer and became well-known.



.Shakuntala Devi achieved the fastest human computation time of 28 seconds. In 1980, at Imperial College London, she multiplied 7686369774870 and 2465099745779 in 28 seconds to get the 26-digit answer. For this fastest human computation, she holds the Guinness World Record. She calculated the cube root of 95443993 as 457 in 2 seconds, the cube root of 2373927704 as 1334 in 10 seconds, and the 8th root of 20047612231936 as 46 in 10 seconds at Stanford University in the United States in 1988.Shakuntal Devi was a natural talent to Kannadiga parents. She was completely self-taught. She was the daughter of a circus performer and began traveling with her parents when she was only three years old. It has been learned that card tricks assisted her in developing calculation skills. She began visiting many schools and colleges to demonstrate her calculative ability as soon as she learned to mentally calculate cube roots. She started traveling the world when she was a teenager. 


Devi published several books on math and problem-solving techniques. "Puzzles to Puzzle You," "Super Memory: It Can Be Yours," and "Mathability: Awaken the Math Genius in Your Child" are some of her books. Aside from mathematics, she dabbled in astrology, crime fiction, politics, and advocacy for the LGBTQ community as per She the People. Shakuntla Devi passed away on April 21, 2013, at the age of 83, in Bangalore. She had respiratory issues. She inspired maths students all over the world with her extraordinary abilities and genius.