Monday, May 23, 2011

My Town Monday: San Diego's Human Calculator

Some San Diego attractions: the ocean, the mountains, the desert, many sunny days, the zoo, Legoland, Seaworld!

AND we are also home to Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator! This nickname was bestowed upon him by Regis Philbin.

Scott adds, subtracts, multiplies, divides, figures out cube and square roots in his head faster than a calculator!

An MRI showed that several parts of Scott's brain were at work when he was solving these math equations. The rest of us are only using one part. I may be operating on less than one part.

You may well have heard of this guy as he's appeared on a bunch of TV shows (Jay Leno, Oprah, Dateline, Good Morning American, Regis and Kathy Lee, and many more). Plus, he's in the Guinness Book of Records. And he has written some books on math for both adults and kids.

If you've never seen this guy in action, take a peek at the video below. It's pretty incredible.

Thank you, Child #3, for this My-Town-Monday post idea.

Click here for links to more My Town Monday posts! It's always fun to see what's going on in other corners of the world. Happy Monday!



Charles Gramlich said...

I used to use all of one part. Burned it out though.

Barrie said...

Charles, wouldn't you love to have access to more parts of the brain? Like maybe the writing parts???

laughingwolf said...

i got one as well, but lost the ignition key! ;)

Anonymous said...

Goodness!If only my brother was like that.......

Thanks for the post,AbaGayle.

Barrie said...

laughingwolf: I knew you'd come with a good response!

AbaGayle: That video just slays me!

Anonymous said...

I know,It's incredible!
He just spats them out.
If my brother could do that,I'd sit by him when i do school!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Very cool suggestion for a MTM post! I'm sure you're good for one part, Barrie! ;)

Sarah Laurence said...

Amazing guy and YouTube clip! I wonder how he does it. He’s great with the kids too. We were all told that calculators would destroy our ability to do math when they came out. I must show my son. He’s actually slower than some on calculation but really good at advanced math.

Lea said...

That guy is AMAZING!! At first I was like, oh he won't be that fast, but I was completely wrong!!