(CNN)What’s 869,463,853 times 73? While the average person would still be reaching for their calculator, 20-year-old Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash already has the answer. It’s 63,470,861,269 and it takes just 26 seconds for Bhanu, known in India as the “world’s fastest human calculator,” to work it out in his head. According to the Limca Book of Records — India’s equivalent to Guinness World Records — Bhanu’s mind processes numbers at an average speed of 12 per second, around 10 times faster than a regular brain. Bhanu says he’s able to make such complex calculations at breakneck speed through “structured practice.” Read More “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. “The methods which I use are very similar to general methods but certain things — basically (it’s) brain optimization. I optimize my methods and make them better than before. “At the end of the day whatever I call my methods, sometimes it just… Read full this story
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