By Hazeeda Vijayakumar The Hindu December 30, 2013
What do you remember from the year that has gone by? Who made it to the headlines? More importantly, who do you remember from 2013?
Chennai - The year 2013, like any other year, was eventful and more. It had its ups and downs, and causes for celebrations and mourning. It gave us a peek into the discoveries that expanded our intellectual horizons, and disasters that broke our hearts, making us conscious of our actions and the fleeting moments in life. Other than the events that made the year special, there were many people who made news. Some were in the news for the wrong reasons while others made some significant impact on our lives and ideals. On New Year's Eve, let's take a look at some people who were in the spotlight.
If you could multiply 7,686,369,774,870 and 2,465,099,745,779, and arrive at the correct answer within 28 seconds, you could earn yourself the title of a human computer and a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Shakuntala Devi, who had achieved this feat long ago, died on April 21, 2013. Known as the human computer, her arithmetic talents and mental abilities are revered by many around the world including Google, which honoured Devi with a Google Doodle on her birthday on November 4. She has authored several fiction and non-fiction books on mathematics, puzzles and astrology.
"The purpose of my life is to make everybody, especially children, enjoy Maths as an affable and joyful experience." - Shakuntala Devi