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Topic: Astrologer, math genius Shakuntala Devi's 84th birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
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Re: Astrologer, math genius Shakuntala Devi's 84th birthday
celebrated with a Google doodle

Posted: Nov 9, 2013 8:42 PM
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On Wednesday, November 6, 2013 3:08:22 PM UTC-6, Dr. Jai Maharaj wrote:
> Shakuntala Devi's 84th birthday celebrated with a Google doodle NDTV Correspondent NDTV Gadgets November 4, 2013 Shakuntala Devi's 84th birth anniversary has inspired Monday's doodle on Google India. The animated doodle features a calculator screen with a digital sketch of Shakuntala Devi, widely recognised as a mathematical genius, and literally represents a "human computer", a nickname that Shakuntala Devi often went by. Shakuntala Devi was known for her ability to make complex mental calculations. Born on November 4, 1929 in Bangalore, she hailed from a humble family. Shakuntala Devi's father was a circus performer who performed trapeze, tightrope and cannonball shows. Her father discovered her calculation abilities while she was playing cards with him. She won the game by simply memorising the cards. At that point in time, she was all of three. When she turned six, Shakuntala Devi demonstrated her calculation skills in her first major public performance at the University of Mysore. Two years later, she also showcased her talent at Annamalai University. Shakuntala Devi did not lose her calculating ability when she turned into an adult, like other prodigies such as Truman Henry Safford, despite doubts in some quarters. She extracted the 23rd root of a 201-digit number mentally in the year 1977. Shakuntala Devi demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 x 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London on June 18, 1980 in just 28 seconds. She could also tell the day of the week of any given date in the last century spontaneously. Shakuntala Devi made it to the Guinness Book of World Record for her great ability and authored a number of books including 'Fun with Numbers', 'Astrology for You', 'Puzzles to Puzzle You', and 'Mathablit'. Shakuntala Devi died on April 21, 2013 in Bangalore. She was suffering from respiratory ailments. Continues at: Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi Om Shanti o o o o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster who may or may not have read the article. FAIR USE NOTICE: This article may contain copyrighted material the use of which may or may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This material is being made available in efforts to advance the understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, social, and cultural, etc., issues. It is believed that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research, comment, discussion and educational purposes by subscribing to USENET newsgroups or visiting web sites. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this article for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. Since newsgroup posts are being removed by forgery by one or more net terrorists, this post may be reposted several times.

There is a big difference between a Prodigy and a genius, like wise Ramanujan was just a prodigy. Neither advanced the cause of Mathematics

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