New Delhi: Google on Monday celebrated the 84th birth anniversary of mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi with its customary doodle.
The doodle shows Shakuntala Devi's amazing calculating abilities in form of a calculator font along with her smiling picture.
Hailing from Bangalore, Shakuntala Devi is popularly known as the "Human Computer" because of her amazing ability to mentally solve complex mathematical problems. Devi's father was a circus performer who did trapeze, tightrope and cannonball shows. He had rebelled against becoming a temple priest.
Without any formal education as a child, Shakuntala Devi had the ability to memorise and calculate numbers mentally an ability her circus artist father discovered when she was just three.
Born on November 4, 1939 in a simple orthodox Kannada Brahmin family in Bangalore, Devi figured in the Guiness Book of World Record for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books like 'Fun with Numbers', 'Astrology for You', 'Puzzles to Puzzle You', and 'Mathablit'.
Devi, a household name in India, cast a spell when she added a 16-digit number with another one and multiplied the result with an equal array of numbers almost instantaneously, and find out the cube root of the resultant and coming up with an answer in just about the time taken for a wink.