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Amazing Abacus Math Genius Kids

Hits: 8851 | Rating: (2.6) | Category: Misc. | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Veneni
Male, 13-17, Europe
 31 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:41:28 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 09, 2012 3:12:29 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 09, 2012 10:58:15 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 09, 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 09, 2012 5:56:17 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.

agamemnon
Male, 18-29, Western US
 216 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 11:45:50 PM
"Math geniuses" prove new theorems. This is a complete waste of time.

LazyMe484
Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 9:33:27 PM
I can calculate the first 8 million digits of pi in the time it takes to watch this video. Top that Japanese wiz kids.

ihurtmyself
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 363 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 8:52:33 PM
nice.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13966 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 7:57:01 PM
My wife had to learn the abacus so she could teach it to a blind kid. It's pretty amazing what you can do with them. She even showed me how to extract square roots.

gelandangan
Male, 30-39, Asia
 5 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 6:20:51 PM
:LillianDulci
You mean geniuses at math?
yeah that's a waste of time, i'd rather sit all day and surf the internet...

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 3:55:43 PM
Wow. I had a Japanese girlfriend who would occasionally do the abacus thing with her fingers (when discussing tax returns, for instance). But it was nothing like this.

Justin9235
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1582 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 3:38:32 PM
Or you could use a calculator. Next time you want to beat your children to greatness Japan, choose something that you can't buy a cheap appliance to do for you.

metalhannes
Male, 18-29, Europe
 141 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 2:41:38 PM
That's an impressive but completely useless feat.

thirrteen
Male, 40-49, Europe
 231 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 12:39:24 PM
F uckin' overachievers...

WeePee
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 611 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 12:33:10 PM
i bet my TI89 is faster.

skytz1337
Male, 18-29, Europe
 690 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 11:51:31 AM
...and thats why japan rulez everyone at tech

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3887 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 11:49:41 AM
Well dear Occident,we are screwed.

LillianDulci
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2696 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 11:49:17 AM
Waste of time. They could have become geniuses at something useful with all that wasted time.

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1430 Posts
Sunday, January 08, 2012 11:36:30 AM
Link: Amazing Abacus Math Genius Kids [Rate Link] - Incredible Japanese whiz kids are human calculators.


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