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November 04: On This Day

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November 04: 91st Birthday of Shakuntala Devi

  • Born in Bangalore on November 4, 1929
  • Popularly known as the “Human Computer”. However, she does  not liked to be called as ‘Human Computer’ as computers are created by humans and hence will always remain superior to the machines.
  • On 18 June 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers – 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779, which were picked at random by the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds, which includes the time taken by her to speak the answer. This event was recorded in the 1982 Guinness Book of World Records.
  • She was also a famous astrologer and an author of several books, including cookbooks and novels.
  • She wrote ‘The World of Homosexuals’ in 1977
  • A crime thriller ‘Perfect Murder’
  • ‘Puzzles to Puzzle You’, ‘Super Memory: It Can Be Yours’ and ‘Mathability: Awaken the Math Genius in Your Child’
  • On July 31, 2020  a biographical film ‘Shakuntala Devi’ was released  on Amazon Prime Video. The movie is written and directed by Anu Menon and produced by Sony Pictures Networks, India

November 04: First issue of ‘Nature’, an international journal

  • The first issue of Nature was published on November 4, 1869
  • Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology 
  • Nature completed 150 years of publication

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