BIOGRAPHY OF SHAKUNTALA DEVI PDF

Shakunatala Devi is a well-known mathematical genius and calculating progidy from India. In her time, older calculating prodigies like Truman Henry Safford were also present, yet Shakuntala started displaying her talents from a very young age. With her brilliant mind, Shakuntala Devi was adept at solving arithmetical problems, including functions of addition, multiplication, division, calculating square and cube roots, along with complex algorithms and Vedic Maths. She could even state the day of the week of any given date in the last century in a jiffy. Shakuntala could even outdo some of the fastest available computers of that period.

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She was The cause was respiratory and cardiac problems, said D. Devi demonstrated her mathematical gifts around the world, at colleges, in theaters and on radio and television. In , at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she extracted the 23rd root of a digit number in 50 seconds, beating a Univac computer, which took 62 seconds. In , she correctly multiplied two digit numbers in only 28 seconds at the Imperial College in London.

The feat, which earned her a place in the edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, was even more remarkable because it included the time to recite the digit solution.

The numbers, selected at random by a computer, were 7,,,, and 2,,,, The answer was 18,,,,,,,, Shakuntala Devi was born in Bangalore on Nov. Her father was a trapeze artist and lion tamer in a circus.

Survivors include a daughter and two grandchildren. She was about 3 and playing cards with her father when he discovered that she was a mathematical prodigy with an uncanny ability to memorize numbers. By the time she was 5, she had become an expert at solving math problems. Devi won fame demonstrating her math skills at the circus, and later in road shows arranged by her father. She toured Europe in It turned out that she was right.

Similarly, at the University of Rome, one of her answers to a problem was found to be wrong, until the experts re-examined their own calculations.

When Ms. If you gave her any date in the last century, she would tell you what day of the week it fell on. In a journal article about Ms. Devi, Arthur R. He posited that for Ms. Devi was also a successful astrologer, cookbook author and novelist.

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She was The cause was respiratory and cardiac problems, said D. Devi demonstrated her mathematical gifts around the world, at colleges, in theaters and on radio and television. In , at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she extracted the 23rd root of a digit number in 50 seconds, beating a Univac computer, which took 62 seconds. In , she correctly multiplied two digit numbers in only 28 seconds at the Imperial College in London. The feat, which earned her a place in the edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, was even more remarkable because it included the time to recite the digit solution.

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