Neelkanth Bhanu of Hyderabad keeps thinking about numbers all the time and now he is the fastest human calculator in the world. At the age of just 20, he has given India its first gold in the Mental Calculations World Championship.
Bhanu’s journey with mathematics began at the age of five. Then he had an accident. He suffered a head injury and stayed in bed for a year. He told that my parents were told that my ability to see and hear could be affected. Then I started doing mental math calculations to keep my mind busy.
He says about his journey that a person coming from a middle-class family of India usually thinks that he should settle down with a good job or start his own business, he thinks less about going into areas like mathematics is. But he had a tendency towards marks, due to which Bhanu thought of taking a degree in Mathematics and his degree is also going to be completed.
Bhanu says that mathematics is a big brain game and he wants to erase the phobia of mathematics completely. They compare mental maths to sprinting. He says that no one raises questions on fast runners, but questions always arise about mental maths.
Like other large-scale contestants, Bhanu also attributes his preparation to success. He says that “It is not so easy that you are sitting at a table and studying. Rather it is a great game of mind. I have not prepared myself as a fast mathematician but also a fast-thinking person.”
Bhanu says that “Records and Calculations are just a way of telling that the world needs mathematicians and that mathematics should be fun for us.” Bhanu has achieved four world records and many other achievements. Bhanu’s family is very proud of his son. Bhanu explained that “When I won my first international competition, my uncle said that I should be as fast as anyone has ever been. I never imagined that I would become the fastest human calculator.”
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These are just titles. My vision is to eradicate math phobia in 🇮🇳 and with @expinfi I reached to over a 2L students this lockdown though a project. There's a long way to go pic.twitter.com/DVJSrUFoIN
— Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash J (@bhanuprakashjn) August 24, 2020