Diwali? Google Has Logo For Shakuntala Devi, The Human Computer

Nov 4, 2013 • 7:57 am | comments (247) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos
 

On many Google home pages, with the exception of Google.com in the USA and many other countries, you will see a logo for Shakuntala Devi.

Google Shakuntala Devi

At first the logo looks somewhat like a ticking time bomb, but in reality, it is to show off Shakuntala Devi awesome human computing powers.

This logo specifically depicts her 1982 Guinness Book of Records where she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds.

Devi was born on November 4, 1929 in Bangalore, India and passed on April 21, 2013 at the age of 83. For more on her life see Wikipedia.

This is all while, yesterday was the Diwali holiday in India and Google India did not have a logo for the special day.

Forum discussion at John Mueller Google+ and Google India Google+ and Google Web Search Help.

Update: This logo is now live on Google.com USA.

Previous story: Daily Search Forum Recap: November 1, 2013
 

Comments:

ethalon

11/04/2013 01:13 pm

Insert Mentat reference here.

Jiggalicious

11/04/2013 04:03 pm

Shakuntala Devi is up as the doodle in the US, actually... It's pretty awesome!

Anon

11/04/2013 04:14 pm

As for a Diwali doodle, Google hardly makes doodles for religious holidays save Christmas. They should kill that one too.

Bobby Ford

11/04/2013 04:24 pm

OR, you could just coexist with others and live peacefully! Better idea, huh?

maclifer

11/04/2013 04:26 pm

Article needs a correction - this has been on the U.S. Google site today.

CJ Louis

11/04/2013 04:36 pm

Of course there is a Devi doodle for USA, man!

Duke Leto

11/04/2013 04:38 pm

The spice must flow....

RickyWW

11/04/2013 04:40 pm

And the best way to do that would be to not commemorate any religious holidays... that way nobody feels left out.

cuvtixo

11/04/2013 04:45 pm

Christmas is widely celebrated by many non-Christians, notably in Japan, where Buddhists, Shintoists and even atheists love the holiday. It is based on pan-European Winter Solstice celebrations, (pine trees, misteltoe) and extremely unlikely to be the historical birthday of Jesus. Halloween, as All Hallow's Eve could also be considered a religious holiday, but we'd all miss the Halloween doodles for sure. Please don't take my Google Xmas away!

danny

11/04/2013 04:45 pm

Seriously? Do you think there is any religion left in Christmas anymore with stores and people spending a few thousand dollars every year and people hating their relatives even more? Jesus is long gone from Christmas...its all commercial now.

GoogleDoodle

11/04/2013 04:46 pm

Dumb google could have also put Diwali doodle for Indians in Google India..

jmacleve

11/04/2013 04:47 pm

I'm seeing the Devi doodle on Google.com in the US!

cuvtixo

11/04/2013 04:48 pm

This has kind of backfired in the U.S. where many Christians felt the refusal to acknowledge the holiday to be anti-Christian. So it's a no win situation, really

hapwood

11/04/2013 04:49 pm

I've got the Devi doodle @ google.com in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Dee Doe

11/04/2013 04:50 pm

bawww mah atheism hurts, ppl still celebrating holidays i miss, i thought everyone was gonna change when i did..

BadOPCode

11/04/2013 04:50 pm

I agree... instead of swinging the ban hammer on holidays, how about we just acknowledge as many as we can. Everybody needs to lighten up. If someone misses a important day it's not because they hate your religion and culture. And on the flip we should not get obsessive about remembering every religion ever created holidays. But actually the worst of being hypersensitive now days is atheists. I'm truly not a religious person but I have no problems adhering to rules and customs of others while i'm around them. When I see atheist spazzing out because someone wants to pray or perform some religious ritual that is custom for them, I always wonder... Are you really a atheist or just an ass.

BadOPCode

11/04/2013 04:54 pm

Fallout FTW. Still don't think I could multiply 2 13 digit numbers together if I was to OD on Mentats.

Admiring Devi

11/04/2013 04:57 pm

Got the Devi doodle here in New Jersey, USA @google.com Glad to have the chance to learn about this amazing woman!

PNW

11/04/2013 04:59 pm

Devi doodle on Google.com in Portland OR, Seattle WA, Boise ID, and Salt Lake City UT. And here I thought they would have a doodle on Howard Carter's discovery of the lost tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

RickyWW

11/04/2013 05:00 pm

I'm not a Christian, so I'm not terribly concerned about he Jesusness of Christmas, or the Saturnness of Saturnalia, or the equinoxiness of the Winter Equinox (all the same thing). My statement was only to point out that it would be better, especially for an international business like Google, to leave religion out of it, because there's no way in anyone's he!! they are going to be able to keep people from feeling ignored.

hmunkey

11/04/2013 05:04 pm

Christmas is basically a secular holiday now for 90% of westerners and 99% of non-westerners. Atheists, Jews, and Muslims in the US (where Google is based) pretty much all celebrate Christmas by giving each other random presents and nobody mentions Jesus or God at all. Even in the deep South, it's mostly a commercial, secular holiday now although some people go to an extended sermon at church in the morning.

Grandpa Jones

11/04/2013 05:05 pm

When I saw the google doodle this morning I thought she was the inventor of the liquid crystal display. But no, she's just some person who had the luck of a particular brain composition that she can do very large calculations, other than that, her biography is totally unimpressive. She believed in astrology like any common fool without sense. If her belief in astrology was justified, why did she end up marrying a gay man?

RickyWW

11/04/2013 05:05 pm

This whole "war on Christmas" started with businesses trying to be inclusive - it was not a calculated movement. I'm an outspoken, antitheist atheist, and if someone wishes me a "Merry Christmas," I wish them a "Merry Christmas" right back. And, the only backlash I've seen is from the nutjob, uberconservative Christians. Most people don't care what the sales clerk wishes them, as long as they will take their money for stuff that they probably don't need.

A Merry Athiest

11/04/2013 05:06 pm

I'm an athiest who enjoys putting up Christmas lights and Christmas trees. The whole premise of Christmas is to come together with your family and have fun. I see no problem with that and don't see why I should be offended by the religious connection of the holiday.

Cliff Titherington

11/04/2013 05:10 pm

I SAY LET THE POWERS THAT BE AT GOOGLE DO AS THEY WISH AND IF ANYONE DOES NOT LIKE THEYCAN USE BING FOR THE DAY!

txlady

11/04/2013 05:13 pm

I'm an atheist, and religious rituals don't bother me. All I ask is that I be treated as a human being capable of good morals and sound judgement, without the teachings of a religion in which I do not believe.

txlady1049

11/04/2013 05:14 pm

Google doodle shows on google.com in the USA.

ethalon

11/04/2013 05:21 pm

Watch yourself Leto...or you will wind up in the bottom of a canyon in a river.

BigAl1825

11/04/2013 05:23 pm

I think your anecdotes about atheism are probably fictional. I have never heard or seen what you describe other than from a religious person in response to another religion.

Pagancat

11/04/2013 05:27 pm

Yup, I got it, too - maybe a glitch in release?

nightshaderebel

11/04/2013 05:31 pm

same here as well

Zach Peterson

11/04/2013 05:32 pm

Her number crunching capability was awesome, her book on homosexuality showed she should have stuck with just number crunching.

sami

11/04/2013 05:33 pm

Actually the winter equinox is a few days before christmas. not the same thing at all. But yes in different religions (Christians and wiccanism) they are celebrated similarly.

nightshaderebel

11/04/2013 05:34 pm

then celebrate them with your family. they arent just about religion, but about togetherness, (and in this country at least, shopping malls)

saucetin

11/04/2013 05:35 pm

I SAY I LOVE YOUR YELLING

Zach Peterson

11/04/2013 05:35 pm

Most of us are binging these days anyway, Cliff... it's better. I've written a paper on Google's search results-- their bias affirmation towards liberal causes is astounding. I don't find that kind of bias with Bing. Recently, Google changed their SEO algorithms to placate those who complained about their results being too... shall we say... gay. However, I don't expect they will keep that for long and will eventually return to 'sodomistic' pushing of liberal issues through search results.

nightshaderebel

11/04/2013 05:37 pm

im a pagan who celebrates yule, christmas, and hannukah, in order to allow my child to choose for herself. they all have beautiful stories and histories attached, and i want her to learn them all. (i should note, i actually do have a friend who flips out at the idea of someone praying for him, will get actively angry, and agressive towards you) i myself dont mind anyone praying for me, etc. as i consider it to be just asking the universe/god/gods/nature for some good energy.

BigAl1825

11/04/2013 05:39 pm

Maybe her skill at math allowed her to see something in the stars that your tiny brain cannot see? Maybe she divined her husband's homosexuality, but ignored the signs out of foolishness, or accepted them knowing it would give her a path to improve gay rights? I think astrology is foolish, too, but it's no more foolish that other customs and traditions that she and billions of others participate in. Most of us indulge in some irrationality in order to maintain our sanity. I find her mathematical abilities to be tremendously interesting. The inventor of the LCD display? Who cares. It surely was part of a long lineage of advancements, with many people involved in its creation. Like so many other inventions, credit probably goes to some of the wrong people. But a human mind that can do things the rest of us have zero possibility of coming close to achieving? Now that is interesting. How is it possible? Why can't we all do it? What if we could? These are far more interesting questions to me than who we decide to credit as the "inventor" of something.

nightshaderebel

11/04/2013 05:39 pm

as long as they stick to presents and santa claus for christmas, and eggs for easter, they have left religion out, and are only acknowlegding the holidays. (although technically the eggs at easter do have more to do with the pagan holiday than the christian one.)

galacticboy2009

11/04/2013 05:40 pm

Same here. Shows since this morning.. Silly writer of this article.

nightshaderebel

11/04/2013 05:42 pm

ugh. bing. i never find what im looking for there, but i think its just a personal choice. and btw, im a republican.... , so zach, i dont think ive seen that lean myself.

DeDe Klipka

11/04/2013 05:50 pm

Zach, I'd be interested in reading your paper. Have you posted it on-line? DeDe

Jon Weiland

11/04/2013 05:53 pm

I'm in the US and I see that as the Google doodle.

Nathanwartooth

11/04/2013 06:02 pm

My computer can do that calculation in 0.0000000001 seconds. 28 seconds? What a noob. Human computer? Try harder.

mcisco

11/04/2013 06:02 pm

That's not a word, Zach. Also, your comment makes you seem very disturbed. I'd like to second DeDe and ask if your 'paper' is available online. Something tells me peer review of such an 'interesting' document would be loads of fun.

publicelement

11/04/2013 06:07 pm

And how long did it took for you to type down those 2 numbers? 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 Noob? First grow-up idiot.

publicelement

11/04/2013 06:08 pm

It wasn't in the morning.

Jason

11/04/2013 06:09 pm

I'm sorry Zach, but who is "Most of us". According to recent data 25 percent of all web traffic goes though Google. 67% percent of all searches is done though Google. Now I understand, statistics may be a little too "gay" for you, and reality has always had a little bit of a liberal bias. But even a hate monger-er, like yourself, can see that 67 is bigger than 50. But if it makes you feel any better, bing being owned by Microsoft has been given equality for their gay married couples as well as their straight married couples for a long time now..wait maybe that wouldn't make you feel better. Maybe its time to find another web search engine?

WJS

11/04/2013 06:11 pm

with the exception of Google.com in the USA and many other countries, Nope, we see it in the USA.

Foul Fagus

11/04/2013 06:12 pm

Dune. Not Fallout.

Nizo

11/04/2013 06:15 pm

No, it's not just you. Nobody finds anything using Bing. Outside of the commercials on TV, I don't think anyone chooses Bing. Let's be honest about it!

fenaray

11/04/2013 06:16 pm

90% of statistics are made up on the spot. Like yours.

Kevin A. McGrath

11/04/2013 06:17 pm

I think Nathan was having a little fun with the story. Those who have 'grown up' don't usually call people idiots on the first pass.

Ostomate

11/04/2013 06:18 pm

Why would you make a comment about Google,com in the USA without checking to see if it's true first? I see the doodle, and I'm in the US. Catch me reading anything by this writer again!

Kevin A. McGrath

11/04/2013 06:18 pm

I don't think there's much doubt, though, that if she had not written that book, she would not be commemorated by Google.

Aud

11/04/2013 06:26 pm

"Recently, Google changed their SEO algorithms to placate those who complained about their results being too... shall we say... gay."____I don't understand. How are Google results deemed homosexual?

Sai

11/04/2013 06:28 pm

well I have no idea what you are talking about. Nobody likes bing and I'm surprised its still on the web.

publiclementsucks

11/04/2013 06:29 pm

agreed idiot

Yeah

11/04/2013 06:37 pm

It was just a parlor trick. She had the world, and Google, fooled.

BigAl1825

11/04/2013 06:40 pm

How? There were not hand calculators at the time that could do what she did. She was tested by being given random numbers, generated on the spot. How could that be a parlor trick? You are stating something that is not supported by anything. In other words, lying.

publicelement

11/04/2013 06:44 pm

Discover that parlor trick, I'll make sure Google to put a doodle on your birthday

rabbit

11/04/2013 06:59 pm

FYI i am impressed with the number of non-aggressive atheists in this discussion

pam

11/04/2013 07:00 pm

I see it on the US site. Infact Google.in does not even have a doodle.

Smith

11/04/2013 07:02 pm

Appreciate the recognition of google to this outstanding lady, which proves human being is the most intelligent than any.....its just that she properly used her brains for what it has to be, don't get religions here, everybody has respect to their own religion, look at your's and follow, don't peep or criticize on others guys!!!chill guys...I was searching for the word Diwali in the google logo, dint find any except the intelligent lady's pic!!

Misfit Girl of Color

11/04/2013 07:04 pm

It is possible that the person wrote this article from a different time zone and it had not showed up on the US pages yet, but the writer needed to quickly put this article up. But now will get attacked as an idiot, especially as his page is now what shows up in the google rankings when you clicked the logo. Oi!

Duncan Tweedy

11/04/2013 07:07 pm

" 'sodomistic' pushing of liberal issues" Here's one of the dangers of the internet, kids. You go and get all worked up over an issue and then write passionately about it and before you realize it you've advertised your most repressed sexual fantasies to the whole world. Good luck with those 'liberal issues' and sodomy, Zach. But maybe you don't need luck. Maybe you're goooooooooooooood.

Simmone Seymour

11/04/2013 07:11 pm

It actually is featured on US pages....

Cha5678

11/04/2013 07:14 pm

By taking the positive action of deciding to not commemorate any religious holidays is to endorse the only religion that holds that tenet: atheism.

Rose Erdstein

11/04/2013 07:17 pm

Google did put a logo on for this wonderful women and time zones probably had the author stumped.

Spidertech1

11/04/2013 07:20 pm

it's because of the time zone. If you look at google.co.nz (New Zealand) they have a doodle for the birthday of Raymond Loewy who was born on November 5th. People giving this guy a hard time because it wasn't there when he wrote the article don't understand time zones.

Isaac

11/04/2013 07:24 pm

Except, of course, the fact that atheism is not, in any way, a religion or even a system of belief.

Gisele

11/04/2013 07:25 pm

The writer is pointing out that Google India didn't have a special logo for Diwali (which is one of the biggest Indian holidays) yesterday, and that today in the US, Google chose to make a special logo for Shakuntala Devi.

Kern Lewis

11/04/2013 07:27 pm

Chill, man. Time zone differences. And by your comment, I assume you never forgive anyone any mistakes?

person 1

11/04/2013 07:32 pm

to answer your " why did she marry a gay man" question, Indians are known for arranged marriages. She probably got married to him without really knowing who he was until the actual day of the wedding.

Steve w

11/04/2013 07:37 pm

LMFAO!! I'm pretty sure that was a joke (probably by a linux user), so I voted you up one. I saw that same joke on ZNet a while back--kills me every time.

Cha5678

11/04/2013 07:38 pm

Atheism is a religion. The decision to reject belief in the religion of instruction and/or prevailing community membership is itself a decision premised in a belief. The antagonism and advocacy practiced by atheists further reveal a faith behind the decision to not believe. And now the pursuit of chaplaincies, public meeting prayers, prayer rooms, and other benefits of recognized religions has some atheistic groups recognized as religious groups. Now, granted, there are Liberal Atheists, Conservative Atheists, and a million other sects at war with each other and others. Those that would label themselves and their moral views as either non-existent or neutral merely seek to advance their positions unobstructed while holding others to more stringent standards.

Kay Cee

11/04/2013 07:39 pm

Binging is generally considered by doctors and nutritionists to be unhealthy, especially if followed by purging. Try eating regular meals, or small snacks throughout the day :-) Oh, and lay off the bigotry....that stuff'll kill you.

Karyn

11/04/2013 07:43 pm

I agree, I find it interesting that they have doodles for Chinese New Year (see http://www.google.com/doodles/chinese-new-year-2013) and nothing for Divali but the next day they "ironically" honor Shakintala Devi (who was an amazing woman). It just didn't site right with me either.

JustAnotherAmericanHater

11/04/2013 07:57 pm

So American's hate people from India now because Google US did not honor Diwali, Diwali this MFr, there are a billion people who actually also had birthdays today, they are not HUMAn computer freaks but F, the did good too, and yes Diwally someday is in the GOOGLE doodle in the Motha F US.

Tina Adcock-Thomas

11/04/2013 07:57 pm

Then maybe he shouldn't have stated that the doodle wasn't displayed in the USA and "several other countries." He is the writer... he should have considered the time-zones and also, maybe he should have inquired about it with Google prior to publishing.

Thomas

11/04/2013 07:59 pm

you make no sense. but your hate reads loud and clear. db

Rajah

11/04/2013 07:59 pm

Keep raping your women/girls Indan Ahol es

Thomas

11/04/2013 08:00 pm

so many arguments so little time. i thought the doddle was cool... silly American me.

Rajah

11/04/2013 08:00 pm

Cause the Entire planet should bow to the people from India, they might rape your daughters......

Tina Adcock-Thomas

11/04/2013 08:00 pm

Westboro.com

bob

11/04/2013 08:01 pm

no sense

Jennifer Hensley

11/04/2013 08:07 pm

It is too on the US Google page.

The Truth

11/04/2013 08:08 pm

they always tryna clown us on the low

John Locke

11/04/2013 08:08 pm

seriously, then maybe you should bow to - americans cause they will eat you - middle east and pakistan and afghanistan cause they will bomb you stupid asshole

Taheenee

11/04/2013 08:10 pm

Google page in the US is indeed Shakuntala Devi as stated below by Jennifer.

Thomas

11/04/2013 08:10 pm

well played lol

Thomas

11/04/2013 08:11 pm

controversy seo's... take note for user content lol

Spidertech1

11/04/2013 08:12 pm

Why not? When he wrote the article it was not displayed on "Google.com in the USA and many other countries". He didn't say it would NOT be displayed. The first person to comment that the doodle was there wasn't until 4 hours ago, but the article went up early this morning. He has since updated the article that the doodle is now active and yet people are STILL commenting as though it wasn't.

Milis Syl

11/04/2013 08:15 pm

If you had read it you'd have known that it was a positive and liberating book, silenced by politics and sarcasm. So maybe, if you'd rather just be homophobic, you should read one of her many cookbooks. Or, rather, one of her puzzle books. Then perhaps your brain will explode from thinking too hard, and the world's collective intelligence will get just a little bit higher.

HolyFreakingCrap

11/04/2013 08:18 pm

Well have the Indian made search engine honor your holidays then if you dont like it.

Milis Syl

11/04/2013 08:20 pm

No one can multiply two 13 digit numbers in 28 seconds. Not unless they were mathematically genius. No parlor trick can replicate those kind of results.

random person

11/04/2013 08:32 pm

Not true, the logo is on my home screen here is Detroit, MI USA! So no worries buddy. She is being honored here as well.

random person

11/04/2013 08:33 pm

in*

Bob Bigellow

11/04/2013 08:37 pm

In fairness, official logos in the U.S. will often show up the night before (at least in the Pacific Time Zone). This morning, however, the Shakuntala Devi logo was showing on the Google India site, but not the U.S. site. It did show up later in the morning, however, which was uncharacteristic of Google. The fact that this logo showed up several hours later than it normally would suggests that, perhaps, it was a last minute decision and that they originally didn't intent on featuring the logo in the U.S., unless they were having some technical difficulties getting it live in the U.S.

Bob Bigellow

11/04/2013 08:37 pm

I see what you did there.

Bob Bigellow

11/04/2013 08:38 pm

You're funny when you're being pedantic.

bocaloca

11/04/2013 08:48 pm

So what's the story here? Is the writer upset that Google chose to celebrate her and not an Indian holiday? Why is this even an issue in the US???

Yeah

11/04/2013 08:51 pm

Sarcasm.

daveinmaine22

11/04/2013 08:51 pm

Define "most of us", because that claim makes no sense in the light of market share numbers. I doubt your paper has any greater grip on reality.

Malby

11/04/2013 08:54 pm

Including the USA. We have it here.

Yeah

11/04/2013 08:54 pm

"When I saw the google doodle this morning I thought she was the inventor of the liquid crystal display." Me too.

Chico

11/04/2013 08:55 pm

Perhaps the author feels like an idiot now? Perfectly logical for those that "think" they are part of the journalistic world.

Malby

11/04/2013 08:55 pm

No, I doubt that.

Some guy

11/04/2013 08:56 pm

Ti his defense, when I opened google.com at roughly 9:15 AM EST, there was no doodle. Shortly after, it popped up.

Malby

11/04/2013 08:56 pm

He seemed puzzled that INDIA did not have a Google logo for Diwali.

Chico

11/04/2013 08:57 pm

...........and may a cow poop on the 'writer'

Milis Syl

11/04/2013 08:58 pm

Rilly,thnx man! I totally like, my ho's always tell me to stop writing like a pendant, so whatever. I'm not a necklace dude. But In all seriousness, I despise this Zach Peterson with every ounce of my being.

Malby

11/04/2013 08:58 pm

No. The article just says that S. Devi is being honored and that oddly India Google did not have Diwali Logo. The rest is crazy commenters.

Chico

11/04/2013 08:59 pm

yes dear....................and rightly so attacked.

Chico

11/04/2013 09:00 pm

This is a pretty serious mistake. The writer may not last the next 48 hours.

Quitchyerbitchin

11/04/2013 09:00 pm

people upset about the choice of Google Doodle = dumbest news possible

Chico

11/04/2013 09:03 pm

..........can you swear by that, 'public' ? Can you prove it?

Chico

11/04/2013 09:04 pm

...........he has no head now..........................

Emilly Orr

11/04/2013 09:07 pm

I am happy with Devi's inclusion, because it means more people have the potential to learn about her, but I do agree, Diwali should have been honored yesterday as well. There are many who celebrate Diwali, and Google honors other holidays.

Milis Syl

11/04/2013 09:09 pm

Apologies! My mistake, excellent sir.

andy26126

11/04/2013 09:14 pm

dumbass he clearly said "Google India" did not have it as their doodle. not talking about the entire Google doodle, just the Google India. Learn to read! :)

Hero!

11/04/2013 09:16 pm

ahahaha "americans cause they will eat you" X'D

John Locke

11/04/2013 09:20 pm

actually its also on google us

Jesse Custer

11/04/2013 09:20 pm

Maybe he meant to write "without the exception..." instead of "with the exception..."? Poor writing and editing.

Rishi Devanoor

11/04/2013 09:22 pm

This is just awesome and am proud that she was born in Bengaluru,..

andy26126

11/04/2013 09:24 pm

okay so you are telling me there is a Diwali doodle on Google US? I'm not sure what you mean

Henry W

11/04/2013 09:25 pm

Barry tell us something we don't know you fucking idiot

Angry Leprecauhn

11/04/2013 09:44 pm

Who really gives a shit? I mean really,a holiday for some one who can do math in their head is over board! We have kids in the States that can do that!

John

11/04/2013 09:47 pm

Indians are nice people in general. The ones who come to US and have the means to pay for a plane ticket are civilized, the uneducated ones, like in any other country, are the bad element. However, Pakistani people, either educated or not have a bad attitude and there are weird in general. I have to interact with one now who belittles everything everyone else does, he is also very prejudicial against christian, jews and has a murderous, angry look about him. He works for the WHO, go figure!

Only Guest

11/04/2013 09:48 pm

You misunderstood. The holiday has nothing to do with the person itself. The writer is trying to say that there was no doodle for Diwali but they have one for Shakuntala devi!

Grandpa Jones

11/04/2013 09:51 pm

My point is simply that google is honoring someone who did not achieve anything besides the accident of being born special. The inventor of the liquid crystal display did not come fully formed into the world, he had to be creative, study, collaborate and achieve things. For that you have to have an appetite for curiosity and a creative drive, and a broad and sensitive intellect. To be a follower of astrology, you have to be credulous. For Ms. Devi, apparently this was paired with a defective gaydar. The result is a woman whose brain is like a calculator but without common sense. For what its worth, this is the inventor of the LCD screen, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._Heilmeier, whose fruitful invention you are probably staring at right now, which millions have benefited from. I'm still straining to understand why Ms. Devi's strange handicap deserves the spotlight today, when there are so many other, more inspiring people.

band sheep

11/04/2013 09:55 pm

" Maybe its time to find another web search engine?" Ask Jeeves?

John

11/04/2013 09:56 pm

Google is benefiting from people using the search engine, all over the world, even though Google is american, it would not have the same success without word participation. Google need to start honoring the many telented people from other countries more often. We americans tend to be so ego-centric that we forget that we are part of a bigger world that is full of natural, unaltered talents and regional marvels.

publicelement

11/04/2013 10:00 pm

I am building time machine. Please wait...

yourmom

11/04/2013 10:01 pm

just goes to show how fucking dumb Americans are LOL. You didn't even understand the point you dumb fuck

randomPerson

11/04/2013 10:03 pm

cuz in India it is the next day morning.

publicelement

11/04/2013 10:05 pm

Sometimes, its an exception.

Justin

11/04/2013 10:13 pm

Your first sentence doesn't make sense. It IS on the home page in the U.S. (The US is not an exception to it.)

a.n.j.a.n

11/04/2013 10:25 pm

Looks like you are not only "BAD" in math but you are "BAD" in understanding the context of things being said. Read it carefully you idiot, it's not a holiday for someone who knows how to do math, it's holiday because of Diwali. And by the way, I am pretty sure that you will shit your pants multiplying two 13-digit numbers even with the help of a computer "IN 28 SECONDS".

Brian D

11/04/2013 10:25 pm

Well, that part was corrected with the update, but it's still an awful sentence for a writer. If you remove the entire interjection ("with the exception of Google.com in the USA and many other countries") it makes more sense. Maybe he gets paid by the word to bitch about Google not honoring some local holiday. More likely, though, he doesn't get paid at all.

Brian D

11/04/2013 10:27 pm

Oh weird, someone with a superiority complex over Americans.

a.n.j.a.n

11/04/2013 10:32 pm

It is weird, but to be honest "General Americans" do suck at Math. Otherwise, why would there be TV ads to encourage people to take Math as a subject here! it's just so weird, don't you think? ;)

Brian D

11/04/2013 10:34 pm

The problem is that the entire article is invalidated by the one mistake he made (and later addressed). If the Devi logo was only used in India, it may be strange that they didn't use another logo yesterday for "Diwali". I still think it would be silly article, but it wouldn't be as stupid as it is in the current scenario. The logo is clearly being used in many countries, and all but one of them would have more interest in Devi than Diwali.

Brian D

11/04/2013 10:42 pm

This is going to take some unraveling. First, if I'm correct in assuming "here" is the US, I've never seen an ad encouraging people to take "Math" as a subject. It is required in all curriculum that I know of for Americans in primary and secondary school, so an ad like that would be an incredible waste of advertising money. Next, it seems you think I'm referring to Devi, when I'm actually referring the commenter to whom I replied. I'm sure Devi is superior to "General Indians" in math, too. Finally, I hope English is (at least) a second language for you. Otherwise, it would be pretty tone-deaf of you to deride an entire nation's grasp of one learning discipline while holding such a tenuous grasp of another.

Brian D

11/04/2013 10:47 pm

And you are "BAD" at using capitalization and quotation marks.

a.n.j.a.n

11/04/2013 10:50 pm

And you say that because you apparently don't understand what "EMPHASIS" means. See? I, emphasized here again. I would bold and underline those words if I could, but I don't have that luxury here.

Brian D

11/04/2013 10:52 pm

Not only am I familiar with emphasis, but I also understand the appropriate way to convey it.

Brian D

11/04/2013 10:56 pm

I have a calculator here that just beat her record by over 27 seconds! Looks like there's a new sheriff in town.

Kevin

11/04/2013 10:56 pm

You just went full retard. Never go full retard.

Guest

11/04/2013 10:58 pm

Thanks for the tip, Kevin.

Brian D

11/04/2013 11:02 pm

...and that doesn't explain the quotes

a.n.j.a.n

11/04/2013 11:03 pm

Bravo! Now try doing this yourself without the help of a calculator or a computer.

Ari Nahmani

11/04/2013 11:05 pm

lol... if only you trolls had a clue :)

a.n.j.a.n

11/04/2013 11:06 pm

the quotes are to replace the Bold and Underline. lol ... suit yourself. ;)

Karyn

11/04/2013 11:15 pm

I am not Indian and I am an American. Why is it that the Chinese holiday is acceptable. It should be cross cultural and universal in their protocol.

a.n.j.a.n

11/04/2013 11:16 pm

Well, I correctly assumed that you were referring to the commenter, not Devi. And a about the ad, yes there are ads encouraging math on TV, sorry if you haven't seen them yet but look out for one and you will find it in your local listing ;) As for languages, yes English is my second language and I am fluent in four more, if that helps you troll a bit more.

John Locke

11/04/2013 11:21 pm

no nevermind. i derped

andy26126

11/04/2013 11:25 pm

haha okay! still the dudes a braindead piece of shit! that we both can agree on!

Brian D

11/04/2013 11:34 pm

There are no ads encouraging people to take math as a subject, and no "local listing" would indicate that they exist. Math is required, so an ad encouraging people to take math would be as useful as an ad encouraging people to breathe or an ad encouraging Indians with any semblance of ability to find a better country in which to live.

AsianBoy

11/04/2013 11:35 pm

asians are the smartasses the rest of the world are dumbfucks :D

a.n.j.a.n

11/04/2013 11:36 pm

Weird enough, I agree with you on this.

awesome epic guy

11/04/2013 11:36 pm

Brian D. is just a total retard. He has nothing better to do than just say the shittiest things to people who are correct. F*** off.

a.n.j.a.n

11/04/2013 11:43 pm

If you have so many complaints, why don't you write a better article than this and post it on a website instead of trolling here. Put all your comments together in an article and do it. And enlighten us on Math as well... Would be a useful way of spending time. And YES, there are ads encouraging math here, it's good and I agree, but it's stupid too. That money can be spent well on making that Math curriculum better instead of making ads and hoping that people will magically learn it.

Dumbass American

11/04/2013 11:45 pm

I love all of the Google Doodles, regardless of the intended subject or subject matter. Some are entertaining; some are informational. Could they possibly be an analog to the internet to which Google provides a search engine? Imagine that.

Bob

11/04/2013 11:54 pm

Agreed. At first, I thought "This is cool, who is this?" Then after reading her Wikipedia page, it became abundantly clear that this was just another example of Google pushing its agenda on everyone (as this isn't the first occurrence). I suppose they have every right to do so, but for such a popular site to have a bias one way or the other is still annoying...

Nathanwartooth

11/04/2013 11:54 pm

No one knows what a joke is. Why so serious?

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:00 am

You keep throwing around the word "trolling". I don't think it means what you think it means. You trolled me, remember? Anyway, if you want to have a less insulting debate, fine. I think the problem is as much with the students as the teachers. Private schools provide strong math education, and children are adequately prepared for the next level. This isn't because wealthy kids are more intelligent (and I don't think you have to be wealthy to go to most private schools here, anyway). Typically, though, if a family is willing to pay for their child's education, they value it. The portion of America that is subsidized by other Americans is growing, and that portion of the population tends to take the gifts they are given for granted. It seems to me that the entitlement created by these gifts encourage people blame adversity, rather than overcoming it. Anyway, my initial comments were meant to point out that this article shouldn't have been written, or should have been removed after it was discovered that their premise was faulty. Writing another article would have the opposite effect.

Tiffamy

11/05/2013 12:03 am

So it took you less than

Mothmagician

11/05/2013 12:07 am

Which calculator do you have that can do 28-digit numbers?

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:08 am

...No, once I provided the equation to the calculator, it took less than a second to respond (The calculator is the new sheriff, not me...). Are you trying to blame the calculator for the time it takes me to ask the question? This isn't Family Feud, Tiffamy.

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:10 am

What? He does get paid?

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:11 am

Correct about what?

rupal patel

11/05/2013 12:11 am

Yes genius Brian D, did you punch all those digits in your calculator in 1 sec? You moron. Stop bs'ing. You wanna be new sheriff. I doubt you can add 15+15 in your head. Don't even try you will hurt yourself. Just admire and respect the unique and smart lady. You are a nobody compared to a great personality like Shakuntala Devi.

rupal patel

11/05/2013 12:13 am

Most kids in US can't add up 15+16 in their head. Get your facts before bs'ing please. Dumb people don't give a shit about such a great personality but the smart ones do. Maybe you should stay out of this and catch Kim Kardashian or Lindsay Lohan on TV.

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:20 am

Please read all comments before posting. I can totally add 15 and 15 in my head, but the calculator is the sheriff. And you may be correct that it doesn't have much of a personality, but this isn't personality contest, is it?

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:21 am

You can get it here: http://gc3.net84.net/bcalc.htm

Guest

11/05/2013 12:21 am

Brian D, FYI - India is a great country to love in. And the Indian Americans and most other nationalities are here due to their credibility unlike your forefathers who tricked the natives and stole their land and used slave laborers for their gaines. Who are you to talk?

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:22 am

No

rupal patel

11/05/2013 12:24 am

Yeah, that's right. Rapes don't happen anywhere else in the world. You are such a genius.

rupal patel

11/05/2013 12:26 am

Pakistanis and almost all mullahs are rapist Rajah. When a 50 year old marries a 15 year old it is RAPE. Dumbass!

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:28 am

My "forefathers" came here in like the 1920s, you clown. And they did it for the same reasons anyone in India decides to leave India (Hint: it's not because of how sweet India is). Native americans were treated terribly, but not by anyone in my lineage, and not any worse than they treated the people they "stole" land from. So who are you to talk?

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:32 am

Rupal is stickin' it to the Pakistanis right now!

Justin Garr

11/05/2013 12:34 am

Like the liquid crystal display counter. The subject matter is also interesting as I have never heard of her. "The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant." ....Plato

Brian D

11/05/2013 12:40 am

Now it's 15+16? I see the equation just keeps getting harder. You're at your best when you are getting all butt-hurt about Pakistanis, so stick to that.

Dave

11/05/2013 12:42 am

So it wasn't an accident that the inventor of the LCD was born with a brain that was creative, studious and collaborative?

Brian D

11/05/2013 01:01 am

Guest, huh? You aren't fooling anyone Rupal Patel!

Jerry

11/05/2013 01:03 am

She doesn't deserve a doodle. Nobody heard about her.

LozinIt

11/05/2013 01:07 am

Maybe it didn't show up until the time changed. Just a thought... I know nothing of time zones or time hence the reason I'm always late lol :-D

AB

11/05/2013 01:09 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-m-gentile/television-ads-for-math-and-science_b_2403487.html

AJ

11/05/2013 01:10 am

rajah, please stop such comments... they sound very ugly and embarrass other indians! i am not sure who you are responding to via this comment, but it brought blush to my cheeks to read such a comment

indianpride

11/05/2013 01:12 am

why her? why not diwali? seriously it is the main festival for indians

a.n.j.a.n

11/05/2013 01:12 am

Is it Nobody or is it just you and the people around you? When you find yourself in such situations, use Wikipedia.

AJ

11/05/2013 01:15 am

that was a just and nice comment karyn, thanks... im indian and honestly it doesnt really matter... those of us who r outside india have learnt to live without celebrating the festivals we r used to as kids - price we have to pay for being outside our country... and those who r in india - well they r so busy celebrating that i doubt they even visit google that day or care to concentrate on the doodle.. instead of talking in terms of indian, i would rather talk in terms of hindu... chinese new year does not quite compare with diwali because diwali is a religious festival... the real argument here is since there are doodles for christian and muslim festivals, there should be doodles for hindu and buddhist festivals too

AJ

11/05/2013 01:18 am

the author makes sense: since there are doodles for christian and muslim festivals, there should be doodles for hindu and buddhist festivals too

AJ

11/05/2013 01:20 am

well, not wikipedia - i don't think people should trust wikipedia.. it is full of biased information.. but several reliable sources are only a google click away these days... really no excuse for people to remain ignorant anymore

rupal patel

11/05/2013 01:20 am

Please let me know how long it took you to add 15+15 and also 15+16 without using a calculator. I will stick to whatever I feel like. Thanks. Hope you know that some genius like Devi designed a calculator. I think everyone here just can't figure out why you can't appreciate a genius like Devi. Machines take people to space so what you are saying is the space shuttle is a genius and the astronauts in it are idiots because they just take a free ride and who care about them.

Brian D

11/05/2013 01:21 am

Well have any humans ever taken you to space? Case closed, Rupal!

Brian D

11/05/2013 01:21 am

I don't trust reliable sources, because those are usually biased, too.

rupal patel

11/05/2013 01:21 am

I think today is her B'Day. They should have done a Diwali doodle yeterday.

rupal patel

11/05/2013 01:22 am

Brian D, I think you agree with all of us and are just trying to mess with us. Good job. You are funny!

S. Patel

11/05/2013 01:22 am

Dude, this lady is a human, not a calculator. Tell me a person who can multiply two 13 digit numbers in their head. Your first comment is telling me that you didn't go to school. What a moron.

AJ

11/05/2013 01:23 am

well i wudnt say it is the main festival of "indians"...it is the main festival of hindus - indian or not... so yes, they should have a doodles for hindu/ buddhist festivals just like they have for christian/ muslim/ jew festivals

random indian

11/05/2013 01:24 am

uhhhh for real

random indian

11/05/2013 01:24 am

just screw off man

Brian D

11/05/2013 01:26 am

What do you mean she's not a calculator? She does calculate, right? And if you don't know of any humans who can multiply two 13-digit numbers together, you didn't read the article very carefully. *See, anjan? That is how you troll.

AJ

11/05/2013 01:26 am

i absolutely agree with u there... there is a lot of bias even in so called academic circles... unfortunately that is the best we can do... we can only hope it is better than wikipedia...

Brian D

11/05/2013 01:27 am

Please try to be civil. This is the internet.

Andrea

11/05/2013 01:28 am

*inspired by

Andrea

11/05/2013 01:28 am

In 2008, Google created a "Google Doodle" inspired Diwali. "he two Os of Google were replaced by bright coloured bursting firecrackers on the occasion, while the rest of the characters remained unchanged. Interestingly, the company has not doodled for the festival ever-after that so far." Retrieved from: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/slideshow//itslideshow/21842884.cms It can also be found in Google's archives.

rupal patel

11/05/2013 01:36 am

Again you get a kick out of being stupid. Maybe you are doing this for attention. How else would someone like you get so much attention. :) Have a great day dear Brian D!

kenjihall

11/05/2013 01:43 am

Oh look! another stupid American trying to prove his point!

a.n.j.a.n

11/05/2013 01:48 am

Did I say "Trust Wikipedia"? Or did you just read it wrong?

Yukon Jones

11/05/2013 01:50 am

Doesn't count. It's a VIRTUAL calculator. HA! No sheriff's badge for you, 1000 digit calculator!

Yukon Jones

11/05/2013 01:52 am

Well, you are right about people not caring about talent. I'll give you that.

a.n.j.a.n

11/05/2013 01:54 am

Ah! thank you.... you taught me how to troll today.... keep up the good work! :)

Yukon Jones

11/05/2013 01:54 am

It took you WAY too long to realize that he's trolling you.

Yukon Jones

11/05/2013 01:58 am

Now that's just sad.

LozinIt

11/05/2013 01:59 am

No silly MFrer India did not have a LOGO for Diwali-Hence GOOGLE couldn't make a doodle for their Holiday - However they did come up with a LOGO for an exceptional /Indian woman

Karyn

11/05/2013 01:59 am

Yes that would make sense. A protocol should be set across standards.

Ms Sandhu

11/05/2013 02:04 am

Hey, you are obsessed with Rupal....

Yukon Jones

11/05/2013 02:05 am

If the 15 year old consents, then how is it rape?

mystic_sage_1791

11/05/2013 02:10 am

All the Indians who take pride in Shakuntala Devi as if you're her, get a life. Stop the pseudo-nationality.

Yukon Jones

11/05/2013 02:20 am

Did you just say that you BLUSHED after reading THAT?! Can someone spell "prudish"?

hmunkey

11/05/2013 02:22 am

Maybe, but it's still anecdotally true and Google has said as much in their own reasoning for having Christmas doodles. If a study has been done that disproves the notion that Christmas is a secular holiday, by all means share.

AJ

11/05/2013 02:27 am

as an indian i'm glad that indians are voicing their opinions these days and making themselves heard, BUT though a genius like shakuntala devi may be a matter of pride for indians, she is in reality a gift to humankind in general... reducing her memory to petty national arguments does not do justice to her and her talent and prodigy... so guys, please stop connecting india with her as if being an indian is her only identity... first and foremost, she was a mathematician and a prodigy... i agree that the trouble might have been started by the author of this articel by associating her with indian identity... i also am not sure if google creating a doodle for her today had anything to do with them compensating for not having a doodle on diwali, but if that is the case, the very logic is flawed - diwali is a festival celebrated by a religious community (hindus) and cannot be associated only with indians (there are non-indian hindus and there are non-hindu indians); similarly shakuntala devi is first of all a math prodigy and in her case too, indian identity takes a back seat... so hindus and shakuntala devi - i do not quite see the connection.. it is like creating a doodle for newton (him being christian) because a doodle was missing on christmas... maybe that's what the author of this article means to say after all

Ms Sandhu

11/05/2013 02:30 am

Actually, Diwali has religious roots just like Christmas but it also is quite secular in India, that is celebrated across all communities including the non-religious. For us, while growing up it meant festivities, fire-crackers, traditional sweets etc rather than anything religious. I would say Diwali is more of a cultural festival than religious.

Kevin A. McGrath

11/05/2013 02:36 am

Predictable.

Kevin A. McGrath

11/05/2013 02:39 am

Yeah, I'll complain on the next bill they send me. ;)

"DUMBass AMERIcan"

11/05/2013 03:19 am

Brian D., you are implausibly sensible with your comments and very witty with your retorts to the racist and foolish people who try to shame you. Thank you for the posts. (By the way, I'm a citizen of the United States of America and on a good day I can even add up 15+17)

"DUMBass AMERIcan"

11/05/2013 03:25 am

Thank you for your reasonable comments. It is important for all of us to remember the pettiness of the arguments on this page and the wasted energy that could've been better placed, maybe doing something fun like fractions or differential equations.

RickyWW

11/05/2013 03:37 am

I can't even get into how odd that statement is.

Jerry

11/05/2013 03:43 am

yes indeed she is a miracle. I was amazed by her in that minute, but what then? did she really contribute anything as to deserve a doodle spot? I doubt it, highly.

jeffd

11/05/2013 03:59 am

It's doodle put up by a company named Google. I assume you know the origin of the name. Why shouldn't they make a point of honoring a numerical wizard?

SW

11/05/2013 04:41 am

I do have to agree that aside from being amazing with numbers, there's not much to really celebrate her for. Don't get me wrong, what she could do was astounding. Perhaps that talent could have been put to better use than astrology... astronomy perhaps? Physics? Creating numerical constructs we can only dream of? No. The good she could have provided had been received lightly. Her life is a testimony of the failure of a burgeoning culture to become a breeding ground of new ideas, squelched in a sea of terrible indifference. Her life should be remembered, but considering there are 365 days in a year, and everyday a holiday to someone somewhere... This was kind of a moot effort. It's like putting up a doodle of an autistic child because she's a virtuoso on a piano, but that child not becoming a great pianist. A gift squandered is not a gift at all.

SW

11/05/2013 05:05 am

It should also be noted that this talent is also not only her own. I can think of a few people in the US that have a demonstrated ability to do this function. In fact some of them are terribly autistic and can ONLY do this trick. Stage Calculation is very entertaining, but when you get to the bottom of it mentally, it leaves little room for the part that makes the human mind so fantastic (the abstract/associative thinking part), which is why Devi's life breaks my heart. The prevalence of this form of 'human calculation is fairly often noted in the West, at least from what I can tell, so those who use Shakuntala Devi's abilities as a banner for national pride can gloat, but not gloat overmuch. 1/5 of the global population and only 1 documented "human calculator"? It seems like an over rare thing there. I think it may be more prevalent, but the opportunity for others to recognize it and foster it may be lacking. Just saying.

AJ

11/05/2013 12:37 pm

a very biased opinion obviously... the doodle to her was fully well-deserved even if it lights up a fire under americans' bums

Sourabh Rana

11/05/2013 12:44 pm

Shakuntala devi always made all indians proud when she lived & even after her sad demise. We felt very proud on her. She is still lived in our hearts. No issues if Google doesn't made doodle for diwali celebrations but she honoured someone who is very very genius.

Sourabh Rana

11/05/2013 12:47 pm

Thanks Google for inclusion of Shakuntala Devi birthday pic for doodle on Diwali festival. We all are honoured.

AJ

11/05/2013 12:47 pm

it may not bother you but it bothers me that google creates doodles for christian, muslim and jewish festivals but not for hindu festivals... a doodle for shakuntala devi is not a substitute for a doodle of diwali... shakuntala devi was a mathematician - what does that have to do with diwali?

ethalon

11/05/2013 01:32 pm

What fire are you talking about? I imagine that most people were happy to learn of her or more about her, regardless of where she was from. Most Americans don't really care if she was from India or Indiana.

Sourabh Rana

11/05/2013 01:55 pm

YES, They played a very tricky game on this occasion. I agree. Diwali is the biggest festivals for Hindus & for whole India as well.

Grandpa Jones

11/05/2013 03:27 pm

A calculator is uninspiring. The people that created it are interesting. A person who can simulate a calculator is as interesting as someone with six fingers. The inventor of the LCD had many gifts, but none of those were equal to the gifts of his invention which he gave us all. The technical ability, abstract reasoning, and logic he possessed is something that a great many common people are capable of. This has been proven time and again, this is the principle of an educable brain. The forces which developed his mind were no accident. Lets compare today's children, are they being educated? No. They are taught that it is special people who are capable of innovation and creativity. They are graded and sorted like produce on an assembly line and judged as worthless, average, or worthy. A few tests and subjective assessments and children are judged to be incapable of technical ability, abstract reasoning, and logic. Society doesn't have to declare these prerogatives, it simply has to fail to provide resources and education in these fields. What public school teaches a course in logic, common in Heilmeier's day?

Bob Bigellow

11/05/2013 03:57 pm

Yeah, Zach was being rather douchey.

Grandpa Jones

11/05/2013 04:06 pm

I understand that. But if astrology had any functional significance, why didn't it work in the arranged marriage? Why did it not provide any accurate guidance to the parties making the decision? The answer is that astrology, like arranged marriage, is anachronistic in modern societies, and patently false. If we learn anything about life from Google's stupid honorary feature, it should be that astrology doesn't work.

Graciousstore

11/06/2013 05:57 am

Whoa..o did she indeed had such degree of computing power?

Chico

11/06/2013 12:55 pm

OK, I'll just have a beer or 2

Angry Leprecauhn

11/06/2013 10:55 pm

You are a fucking dumbass ,do some research and quit watching the Jew own TV for your info~ And to us she isn't anything you dickless wonder! Now shoot you're self and STFU!

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