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Shakuntala Devi – The Human Computer

Sanjeevi PHVA April 6, 2017 1541 No Comments

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Just imagine a scene

Oka Live TV show nadustondi and ah show lo oka lady guest unnaru, callers ah show ki continious ga call chesi questions adugutunnaru, andulo oka caller ah guest ni 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 result enti ani adigaru..ah question vinna prathi okkaru shocked, okka ah guest tappa, konni seconds tarvata she answered that question, ah answer vinna prati okkaru confused and stunned coz evadu kaneesam try kuda chesi undaru solve cheyadaniki .studio lo silence, bayata public silent , ah caller oka deep breath teesukuni correct answer ani declare chestadu…every body is beyond stunned, they clap whistle and cheer out loud , its a goosebumps moment for the viewers.

what if i say that e scene nijangane real life lo jarigindi ante , would you believe?

Yes , ah guest peru Shakuntala Devi and she had answered the same question in 28 seconds without using the calculator. ( BTW, adi tv show lo jaragaledu, nenu oorike exaggerate cheyadaniki rasanu)

Shakuntala Devi was born in Bengaluru, India, on 4 November 1929 to an orthodox Kannada Brahmin family. Though tana family chala poor aina and tanaki formal education dorakakapoyina she never felt low. Manaki anni unna B.tech , Degree complete cheyadaniki chukkalu kanipistunai.

How it all started

Shakuntala garu used to play card games with her father since she was three years old. She used to win all the matches, idanta choosi valla father ki eema cheating chestondi emo ani doubt vachedi but mella mellaga aade koddi he understood that tanu anni card numbers ni memorise chesukuntu game progress aye koddi ah memory ni use chesukune games gelichedi ani. Anta memory naaku undi unte na teen patti lo ne money sampadistunde , e software jobs enduku inka.

Gradual ga tana talent ni road shows and circuses lo display chestu soon she attained attention and money. Also she displayed her skills to the faculty of the University of Mysore when she was just six years old.

With time she gained international fame moved to London with her father in 1944.

In 1955, she appeared on a BBC show where the host Leslie Mitchell gave her a complex math problem to solve.

Tanu ah question ki within few seconds lo answer ichindi but ah host aame cheppindi wrong answer ani declare chesaru asusual e tella ollu mananni eppudu tappu padutune untaru ga.

Mitchell then rechecked the answer and realized that Devi gari answer was the correct one. ( Now that’s a slapster baby) e news world motham spread ayi she earned the title of the ‘Human Computer’.

Here is a short video clip from her 1951 Europe tour where she solves a complex math problem:

1969 lo she was awarded the title of the ‘Most Distinguished Woman of the Year’ by the University of Philippines.
She received the ‘Ramanujan Mathematical Genius’ Award in Washington D.C in 1988.

She married Paritosh Banerji, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service from Kolkata in the mid-1960s. The couple got divorced in 1979 after getting to know that he was a homosexual. She died on 21 April 2013 after suffering from respiratory, heart, and kidney problems for some time.

“She strove to simplify math for students and help them get over their math phobia. It is a pity that her techniques died with her.” At Least at techniques telisina nenu Maths lo pass aye vadini.

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