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Amazing Abacus Math Genius Kids

Incredible Japanese whiz kids are human calculators.

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Amazing Abacus Math Genius Kids. Incredible Japanese whiz kids are human calculators.
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Veneni
Male, 13-17, Europe
 31 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:41:27 AM
Always sad to see once again math := adding up numbers. Now go proove Fermat's Last Theorem with them!

So much this:
""Math geniuses" prove new theorems. This is a complete waste of time."

Caretta
Male, 18-29, Europe
 541 Posts
Monday, January 9, 2012 3:12:28 PM
OK, I was about to add a snarky comment about the abacus being a calculator...but that's actually pretty awesome.

It`s cool that they have a way to readily associate numbers in their mind with something physical, instead of just the pure abstraction of symbols. Abacus school could be pretty useful for a lot of students.

Steelgrid
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2704 Posts
Monday, January 9, 2012 10:58:14 AM
You cant be a human calculator if you are using a tool to help....


LillianDulci
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2696 Posts
Monday, January 9, 2012 6:47:56 AM
"You mean geniuses at math? "

They're not geniuses at math. They`re geniuses at doing large calculations quickly without a calculator. The rest of us can do those large calculations with a calculator in approximately the same amount of time. It`s more impressive to watch them, sure, but that time could have been spent doing something that`s actually beneficial and not something that your average person with a calculator can do in approximately the same amount of time.

zombunny
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2524 Posts
Monday, January 9, 2012 5:56:16 AM
It's not really "genius" if it`s something any child can be trained to do. I don`t really find anything impressive about kids who can perform a skill that they are taught and practice for hours a day.

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