Figuring: The Joy of Numbers
'There is a range and richness to numbers – they can come alive, cease to be symbols written on a black board, and lead the reader into a world of intellectual adventure where calculations are thrilling.'
In Figuring, Shakuntala Devi dramatizes the endless fascination of numbers and their ability to amaze and entertain. She offers easy-to-learn short cuts – how to add long columns in your head, multiply, divide, and find square roots quickly, almost magically. Fractions, decimals, and compound interest become clear and easy to deal with.
The author takes delight in working out huge problems mentally – sometimes even faster than computers. In Figuring, she shares her secrets with you.
Born in a well-known family of Brahmin priests in Bangalore, Shakuntala Devi received her early lessons in mathematics from her grandfather. By the age of five, she was recognised as a child prodigy and an expert in complex mental arithmetic. A year later she demonstrated her talents to a large assembly of students and professors at the University of Mysore. Hailed as an authentic heroine of our times her feats are recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. She made international headlines for out-performing and out-computing the most sophisticated computers in the world.
MRP: ₹ 295
Extent: 158 pp