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A New Math Record
Q.  What is the 13th root of



A.  47,941,071
On November 23, 2004, Gert Mittring, a 38-year-old German who struggled to pass his school exams, set a world record for mentally calculating the 13th root of this hundred-digit number randomly selected by the Director of the Mathematics Museum at Giessen, near Frankfurt.

Mittring needed only 11.8 seconds to give the answer!

(Sudents may want to try this on a calculator using a stopwatch.)

Today Dr. Mittring lives in Carinthia, Austria where he runs a school for highly gifted children who disappoint their teachers in school.