The most amazing video you’ll never understand

Amazing German superbrain guy solves absurdly difficult math problems.

I’d love to know if this is a gimmick, if he’s brilliant, if this is asperger’s (which someone mentioned in the commented on YouTube), or what. It’s fascinating. Particularly how he looks back and forth while solving the problem.

It’s also fun how you don’t really need to understand of the German.

It starts getting good at the 50 second mark.


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13 Responses to “The most amazing video you’ll never understand”

  1. Not to mention that they had the questions in advance?

  2. karmanot says:

    You have a writer’s mind!

  3. MyrddinWilt says:

    In the 50s/60s he would have been called a computer. There used to be a few of them employed at CERN and some of the older physicists would talk about having worked with them. If you had a lot of calculations to do you would call in a computer.

    The ability to do arithmetic is not related to any higher analytical skill just like the ability to do IQ tests quickly has no correlation with intelligence.

  4. Bob Morris says:

    I think he’s moving his head like that because he “sees” the calculations and numbers in his head. In a very minor way, by comparison, and nothing even remotely approaching his jaw-dropping skill, I “see” computer programming logic in my head when I’m writing code.

  5. The man’s talent is absolutely extraordinary but long arithmetic is a very specialized skill. I would be surprised if he had any particular ability with more abstract mathematic fields such as, say, algebra or trigonometry.

  6. Deano says:

    I don’t think he is actually looking back and forth. He is moving his head from side to side, but his gaze seems to be fixed in front of him.

  7. Jafafa Hots says:

    A form of prejudice? Sorry to say…

  8. If I’ve got the right fellow, he looks from here to be quite legit.

    His talents seem to be based mostly in memory rather than an innate genius for mathematics. Compared with the famous mathematicians of history, he’d be as much of a nullity as any one of us.

  9. BeccaM says:

    Calculators. And probably some kind of automated chiron-generating tool.

  10. reef the dog says:

    Ummm… how did the producers know the answers and get them chironed on screen so fast when the questioners had just completed them?

  11. d3clark says:

    He may have autism and savant syndrome. People with these conditions can do incredible intellectual feats, but often have severe problems in other ways in their day-to-day lives. Not knowing more about the man in the video it’s hard to say exactly how he’s able to calculate like this.

    A great book on this is one written by Daniel Tammet, “Born on a Blue Day.” He’s a gay man with high-functioning autism, savant syndrome and synesthesia, among other things. He managed to learn the Icelandic language well enough to speak it almost like a native in just a few days (reportedly, Icelandic is extremely difficult to learn even with regular lessons for years). Regardless, imagine being able to learn ANY foreign language that well in just a short time. It’s a great read and he talks about many difficulties that he has in his personal life because of his combination of these syndromes and how he’s managed to successfully overcome most of them.

  12. Jonas Grumby says:

    Well. Damn.

  13. Why do I get a creepy Rain Man meets Silence of the Lambs vibe when I watch this?

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