World's Fastest Human Calculator

Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash, known in India as the world's fastest human calculator, will work numbers in his head in seconds. According to the Record, Bhanu's mind processes numbers at an average speed of 12 per second, around 10 times faster than a regular brain.

On August 15, Bhanu, from Hyderabad in India's southern Telangana state, became the first Asian to win gold at the Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) in London. He's also the first non-European winner in the event's 23-year history. In his competition debut, Bhanu beat 29 opponents from 13 countries to take the gold. His speed so extraordinary that judges made him jump through extra hoops and solve more calculations to confirm his accuracy.

Bhanu says he's able to make such complex calculations at breakneck speed through "structured practice." "Let's say I am doing a multiplication of 8,763 multiplied by eight," he says. "I'll probably multiply: 8,000 by eight which is 64,000, 700 by eight which is 5,600, 60 by eight which is 480, three by eight is 24. And I add all of these. But this requires the human brain to remember all this.

In 2018, Bhanu founded Exploring Infinities, an educational organisation that aims to make math cool, challenging and interesting, by tracking cognitive ability development through arithmetic games.

World Record : World's Fastest Human Calculator
World Record Holder : Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash, Hyderabad, India
Record Date : 01 Sept. 2020
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