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Google Doodle Celebrates 'Human Calculator'

Today's Google doodle celebrates Shakuntala Devi, the "human calculator."
Today's Google doodle celebrates Shakuntala Devi, the "human calculator."

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If you’re wondering why the Google homepage has a calculator-like image today, it’s to honor Shakuntala Devi, the so-called human calculator.

From the age of three, Devi showed amazing math skills. She was able to memorize large numbers and perform incredibly complex calculations in her head, all without any formal education.

In 1977, Devi was able to solve the cube root of 188,132,517 faster than a computer.

In 1980 she multiplied two 13-digit numbers within 28 seconds, a feat that landed her in the Guinness Book of Records.

Devi was born in 1929 in Bangalore, India, and traveled the world wowing people with her mathematical ability. She died in April in her hometown.

“Today we're celebrating ‘Human Computer’ Shakuntala Devi who once said, ‘The purpose of my life is to make everybody, especially children, enjoy maths as an affable and joyful experience,’" said Ryan Germick, the Google doodle team lead. “We hope people are as inspired by Ms. Devi's brilliant mathematical mind and life-long dedication to promote math education as we are.”

According to Google, doodles are “the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists.”

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by: Jack from: Texas
November 05, 2013 9:38 AM
I love what Google is doing especially Google Doodle. These help me learn a bit of interesting information with affable and joyful experience as Devi said. At least, it's better than nothing or advertising.

by: Ci Ci from: Philadelphia, PA
November 05, 2013 7:56 AM
I actually love the Google doodles. They're cool, creative, and informative. There are a few that have actually introduced me to some missing bits of history and culture that I never thought to even seek out, much more research. Keep it up Google!

by: Casey from: North Carolina
November 05, 2013 7:18 AM
I adore your "doodles" and the gifts they bring of information we wouldn't ordinarily know. Thanks so much and keep up the great sharing. Those who think blank pages are better make me sad. They miss out on the wonder and magic of life...full of mystery, fascination, people, and events who keep weaving the tapestry of wonder.

by: Ralph from: Cherry Hill, NJ
November 04, 2013 10:22 PM
This is horribly ugly. Can we have an option for just a very plain search page, pleeeease? Seriously, these special logos are annoying, but this one is just the worst ever. I think the woman's achievement is wonderful, but the page is hideous.

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