Thank you to the supporters of his cause:
Neela Lazkani - San Jose, CA $50
Elisabeth Siegert - Germany $50
Boris Töltl - Germany $50
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The Human Calculator
Rüdiger Gamm is a German "mental calculator". He attained his ability to calculate (memorize most of the time) complex mathematics in his head at the age of 21. As well, he can also speak backwards in complete sentences and words, and calculate calendars. Featured on the Discovery Channel show The Real Superhumans, he was examined by scientist Allan Snyder (Savant Expert) who concluded that his ability was not a result of Savant Syndrome but connected to genetics. According to Gamm, anyone can do what he can do. "There is just a table of numbers to learn then anyone can do it." In terms of mental calculations, Gamm's most notable talent is the ability to memorise large powers. In the 2008 Mental Calculation World Cup in Leipzig, he recited 81100, which took approximately 2 minutes 30 seconds. In the tournament itself, he performed strongly, finishing in 5th position overall.
BONFIRE LESSON: We have been given amazing tools. It's up to us to use them, exercise them and appreciate them.
RUDIGER IS TRAVELING FROM GERMANY TO BE WITH US SEPTEMBER 23 TO 25, IF ANY GROUP WOULD LIKE TO HOST RUEDIGER AROUND THE SAME TIME WHILE HE IS HERE PLEASE CONTACT US TO MAKE ARRANGMENTS.
Rüdiger will be at SFSU math department September 28, 2011
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