Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Book review: Figuring by Shakuntala Devi If we talk about perceptions, a majority of people will agree that they consider maths as a comparatively difficult subject. It is however one of the most used subject in our life. Be it currency calculation or something else, we cannot live without using Maths in our day to day life for sure. She was not only a great mathematician but a nice human being too.

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Social Media 1. Why is she Called as Human-Computer? She traveled all over the globe and tried to spread her teachings. One of her significant mathematical journeys was Europe tour at the age of 20, Shakuntala appeared on the BBC show where the host, Leslie Mitchell, asked her to solve a complicated math problem.

She solved the problem within seconds, but the host claimed the answer to be incorrect as it was different from what the host and his entire team had calculated. Her father was a trapeze artist and lion tamer in a circus. Shakuntala Devi dropped out of school because her father, a circus worker, could not afford the monthly school fee of Rs 2.

She grew up in a slum, and at a very young age, her mathematical abilities were recognized by her father. There is an amusing anecdote about how he recognized it. He was surprised to find that she was winning all the games against him every day. With her memory power, she was able to predict the series of cards in the subsequent rounds in the same game and thus wait to pick cards strategically to help her win.

As the word about her skills spread, she started doing roadshows as well across the city. Devi won fame showing her math skills at the circus, and later in roadshows arranged by her father. At the age of 6, she gave her first major show at Mysore University, and there was no turning back after that. Life Afterwards: Shakuntala had become an expert at solving math problems by the age of 5, Recognising her gift, he decided to quit the circus and nurture her talent. He began with roadshows, where the young girl, who had not received a formal education, displayed her ability to calculate complex numbers in her head.

With her brilliant mind, Shakuntala Devi was adept at solving Not only arithmetical problems. 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. The numbers were selected at random by a computer, and in case you are wondering, the answer is 18,,,,,,,, Everything around you is mathematics.

Everything around you is numbers. Shakuntala could find the cube root of in under a minute. Her father was a circus performer. Not much is known about her mother and siblings. They got divorced in The couple has a daughter, Anupama Banerjee. She was also a successful astrologer and wrote many books on the subject.

She has also written many texts on mathematics for children, puzzles, cookbooks, and novels. List of the Book is Given Below. Shakuntala was also an active philanthropist.

She started the Shakuntala Devi Education Foundation Public Trust to provide an excellent education to underprivileged children.

C Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award one month before her death On 4 November , Shakuntala was honored with a Google Doodle for her achievements on her 84th birthday. Books Written: Shakuntala Devi is an accomplished mathematician whose interests also include the mystic field of Astrology. While setting up of several mathematics research centers are her plans. After this, the journey continued; she wrote many books for kids so that they can develop an interest in the math subject.


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