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The Great Mental Calculators Hardcover – 10 Oct 1983

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Examines the psychological roots of the ability to perform feats of mathematical calculation and discusses the methods used by gifted individuals for mental calculating.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Well-written and extremely comprehensive 21 Nov. 1999
By David Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is divided into three sections, covering the psychological aspects of rapid mental calculation, the mathematical methods involved, and brief summaries of the lives of the great calculators (which include particular methods used by each person). There are extensive quotations from the calculators themselves, explaining their methods and how they learned. The book is so well-written it's hard to put down, yet it covers the topic in great depth. Smith surveys all the prior literature on the subject, and has also interviewed many of the living calculators. His knowledge of both math and psychology is impressive. This is a MUST for anyone interested in the subject, or just interested in improving their calculating abilities.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The more complete book on this subject! 7 Sept. 2009
By Bertolotti Guido Enrico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book the subject of mental calculation is developed in all its aspects. The reader may be bored by some of the detailed description of the calculators' performances. But those description are necessary for a complete discussion. There is also a thorough discussion of the various psychological implications and technical aspects of mental calculation.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
people impressed by genius are welcome! 2 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The best book of mental calculation of the world.
You will be impressed by Klein's method to extract the 13th
root of a 100-digit number in 1mn28s, the very famous world
record of mental calculation. But do not forget that Alexis
LEMAIRE extracted it in 13s: 44800613, also divisible by 13,
in the year 2002=154x13! This is another story...
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic books for poeple who want develop his memory 17 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you love maths and play with numbers it is a great book for you
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