New Delhi: The youngest contestant, eleven-year-old Priyanshi Somani from India won the Mental Calculation World Cup beating 37 participants from 16 countries. The fourth Mental Calculation World Cup was held in the German city of Magdeburg on 7-8 June.
Founded by mathematician at the University of Leipzig Ralf Laue, the competition consists of tasks in different categories such as the addition of 10-digit numbers, multiplication, extraction of square roots, calculating the day of the week for a given date and several surprise tasks. Participants from the world over are invited to test their skills. The oldest participant was 61 years old.
With only her own brain for help, the young Priyanshi made complex calculations even faster than a calculator. With a radiant smile she accepted her award to resounding applause with her proud parents looking on. Priyanshi was the overall winner with the fastest calculation.
Winners from each category were also selected. German Robin Wersig correctly identified 47 days of the week for dates given and was runner-up in that segment. Yusnier Viera from Cuba won first place.
The previous World Cup was held two years ago in Leipzig. This year’s event is part of the Summer of Science 2010.