(I remember playing an early version of Flight Simulator in which the New York City skyline was represented by a single cartoon spike--supposedly the Empire State Building.)
When I returned to London, I met up with Brian Butterworth, professor of cognitive neuropsychology at University College London and the author ofThe Mathematical Brain, and showed him some video clips of Flash Anzan.
He was flabbergasted. "I don't see how you can represent whatever that number was on a mental abacus faster than you can say it," he said, adding: "A lot of money should be spent doing research on how the brain can manage to do this, because I think this is a really extraordinary thing!"
Would be of interest to would-be contestants.
(When I was in graduate school, I took the Jeopardy qualification test. It was hard. Far more difficult than the SATs and the AP exams.)
Imagine how good he'll be when he stops being "lazy".
The one with the queen sacrifice and the astonishing sequence after. On YouTube with commentary.