Quick, without Googling the answer or using a calculator -- what is the cube root of 188,132,517?
Did you get it 546,372,891? In 1977, Shakuntala Devi was able to solve this problem faster than a computer. The Indian born math prodigy's astounding capacity to calculate complex numerical expressions in record time won her a spot in the 1982 Guinness Book of World Records, as well as a Google logo in her honor today.
As a child, Shakuntala's arithmetic and memorization skills were quickly identified by her father. She would grow up demonstrating her keen math talents around the world, gain [...]
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