Monday, November 4, 2013

Today's Google doodle is about Shakuntala Devi, the Human Computer

By Vasudev Ram

Go to to check out today's Google Doodle. It is about Shakuntala Devi, an Indian child prodigy who was called the Human Computer, for her ability to do arithmetic calculations on large numbers in seconds.

Quotes from the Wikipedia article about her:

[ In 1977 in USA she competed with a computer to see who gives the cube root of 188132517 faster, she won. ]

[ That same year, at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds.[1][4] Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S. Bureau of Standards by the Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.[10] ]

Here is Google's own page with many Google Doodles.

- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises
Python consulting / training inquiry

No comments: