Neelkanth Bhanu Prakash, a resident of Hyderabad, has broken the record of Shakuntala Devi and named it the world's fastest 'human calculator'. The 20-year-old Neelkanth recently won the first gold medal for India at the Mental Count World Championship at the Mind Sports Olympiad held in London. Neelkanth Bhanu, a mathematics student at St Stephen's College in Delhi, has given India the first gold at the Mental Calculations World Championship at the age of just 20.
Bhanu says that mathematics is a big brain game and he wants to erase the phobia of mathematics altogether. Talking to a news agency, Bhanu said, 'I beat 29 contestants from 13 years to 57 years in the championship and won the gold medal with a clear margin of 65 points. The judge was mesmerized by my pace, asked me to do more calculations to confirm my accuracy. ' The Mind Sports Olympiad was attended by 30 participants from the United Kingdom, Germany, UAE, France, Greece and Lebanon. Bhanu said that his name holds four world records and 50 Limca records for being the 'fastest human calculator' in the world.
It is not that Neelkanth Bhanu is a genius in maths since birth. In fact, his journey with mathematics began at the age of five. He had an accident at that time. He suffered a head injury and stayed in bed for a year. Doctors had told her parents that the accident could affect Bhanu's ability to see and hear. After this, Bhanu started doing mental maths calculations to keep his mind busy.
As a child, Bhanu practised for six-seven hours after coming from school, but he has not practised so much formally every day since winning championships and setting a record. Now he practices differently, in which he keeps thinking about the digits all the time. Bhanu says that he likes to practice by playing fast music. Meanwhile, they meet people, interact with them and also play cricket. According to him, this makes your brain used to do many things at once.
Neelkanth Bhanu Prakash compares mantle maths to sprinting. He says that no one raises questions on fast runners, but questions always arise about mental maths. He says that when Usain Bolt completes 100 meters in 9.8 seconds, we build bridges of praise to him, but do not say what makes anyone's speed in the world of cars and planes. Actually, it inspires people that your body can do something unimaginable and the same happens in terms of calculus and mathematics. Bhanu says, 'Record and calculus are just a way of telling that the world needs mathematicians and that mathematics should be fun for us. People will say that we like this topic very much. My real aim is that the fear of mathematics in the people should be over.