HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT SHAKUNTALA DEVI?? CAUSE I JUST FUCKING DID AND SHE’S FUCKING AMAZING
Thank Google for having her featured cause it’s her birthday today for like, another hour and 15 minutes, and I haven’t seen anything on tumblr about her so I’m gonna do it.
This is from the wiki page:
Shakuntala Devi (November 4, 1929 – April 21, 2013), popularly known as the “Human Computer”, was a child prodigy and mental calculator.[Her talents earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
SO SHE WAS A FAMOUS PRODIGY
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. 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.
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 correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds.This event is mentioned in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records.
A MIND OF UNIMAGINABLE ABILITY
BUT NOT ONLY THAT:
In 1977, she published the first study of homosexuality in India.In the documentary For Straights Only, she says that her interest in the topic came out of her marriage to a homosexual man, and subsequent desire to look at homosexuality more closely in order to understand it.The book, considered “pioneering”,interviews two young Indian homosexual men, a male couple in Canada seeking legal marriage, a temple priest for his views on homosexuality, and contains a review of the existing literature on homosexuality. It ends with a call for decriminalising homosexuality, and “full and complete acceptance—not tolerance and not sympathy”.
SHE WAS A FUCKING ADVOCATE FOR GAY RIGHTS.
YOU SIT RIGHT DOWN AND THINK ABOUT HOW AWESOME THIS WOMAN WAS
Women who inspire. Absolute Perfection.