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Today, Google has put up a new doodle on its homepage to celebrate Shakuntala Devi's 84th birth anniversary. The Doodle comes with a look of a calculator font along with her picture.
The mathematical genius, Shakuntala Devi also known popularly as 'Human Computer' was also included in 'The Guinness Book of World Records' in 1982. She made it to the book because of her ability to mentally solve complex mathematical problems.
Not only was she a mathematical genius who could memorize and calculate numbers mentally but she also wrote books like Fun with Numbers, Astrology for You, Puzzles to Puzzle You, and Mathablit.
Talking about the heights of her ingeniousness, in 1977 in USA, she competed with a computer by finding a cube root of 188132517 faster than it did.
On June 18, 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds which is correct. This event is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records.
She gave her first public performance at the tender age of six at the University of Mysore, where she showcased her calculation abilities to an awestruck audience. She proved her genius again at the Annamalai University.
In April 2013, Shakuntala Devi passed away in a hospital in Bangalore from complications of the heart and kidneys at the age of 83.