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Meet Mr Calculator

While most of us struggle to tally up our grocery bills without a calculator, Nitin Vats, the 25-year-old math wiz who’s faster than a computer, claims to memorise a 19 digit number in just one second. Monicca Adlakha talks to the math wizard...

education Updated: Jan 24, 2009 20:09 IST
Monicca Adlakha

While most of us struggle to tally up our grocery bills without a calculator, Nitin Vats, the 25-year-old math wiz who’s faster than a computer, claims to memorise a 19 digit number in just one second. What’s more, he can write the multiplication table of a 100-digit number in 466 seconds.

Recently nominated for the Marquis Who’s Who in the World list, he’s optimistic that this is just the beginning. His next step is to outdo the man who has, to his credit, more than a hundred world records in speed and memory and remains undefeated till date — Ramón Campayo.

“I will attempt to break Campayo’s record by memorising 19 digits in one second. The event will take place in May where I’ll also try to crack a few more of the world’s toughest memory records in the presence of my professors from IIS, Bangalore and the Guinness team,” he says.

But he maintains that life’s more than just about running after records. “I enjoy researching on the subject, the record is just a by-the-way thing. My aim is to develop an effective way of learning,” says the Meerut based ‘natural researcher’ who has conducted workshops and lectures on memory techniques at IISC, IIT, Google, Yahoo and has worked at the Microsoft Research lab.

Of course like every genius, he values his own space. “There are times when I cut contact with outer world for months…my family thinks I’m weird… my girlfriend doesn’t understand me often,” says the dude who even claims that he can hack your computer just by using math.