By HILARY LANE
HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) – Imagine being able to calculate random numbers like 358+678+459, divided by 139 – all in your head within a matter of seconds.
There is one man that can do that and more and he calls himself “The Human Calculator®.”
Approximately 700 4th and 5th graders packed in to the gymnasium at Herkimer County Community College to see Scott Flansburg add, subtract, multiply, and divide in the blink of an eye with perfect accuracy.
The students in the audience called out random numbers and Flansburg calculated solutions in his head while a math teacher typed the numbers into a calculator that was projected for all the students to see.
With the recent developments in the arithmetic-based fields of engineering, information technology, and computer science, HCCC President Ann Marie Murray hopes this program gets students excited about math.
“I think this program will bring back some enthusiasm that will really help the faculty in teaching the students to be passionate about math,” says President Murray said.
Flansburg, originally from Herkimer and a graduate of West Canada Valley High School, is in the Guinness Book of World Records for adding any random number to itself more times in 15 seconds than a calculator could do in that time.
Flansburg says he would be even quicker, but he can’t speak the answers as fast as he can calculate them in his head.
He has also appeared on every major television network and has entertained audiences on the Oprah show, the Tonight show, and Ellen, just to name a few.
Students in attendance said they were extremely excited to see the “Human Calculator” in action right in their own backyard.
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