Human Calculators

Scott Flansburg – The Human Calculator

Last Updated on August 1, 2020 by Darshan Modi

Scott Flansburg
Scott Flansburg


Scott Flansburg is the fastest ‘human calculator,’ capable of calculating the most complex math equations in his head faster than it would to type the equation on a calculator, let alone any human on Earth.


Scott Flansburg was born on December 28, 1963 in Herkimer, New York.

Early Life

Scott was a mere nine years old when he first noticed his strong mathematical gift.
He was able to answer his teacher’s math questions without writing the equation on paper, and record an exact mental tally of his parents’ grocery list before the cashier was able to add the items up.
He also discovered the link between the shapes and numbers of angles on numbers with their value and thus began counting from 0-9 as opposed to 1-9.
After not much time, he was able to perform calculations including finding the square root and cube root of equations and began using his skill for entertainment.

About Scott Flansburg

Scott has continued entertaining and educating people around the world with his incredible mental powers for 25 years.
He is now an “edutainer,” traveling and speaking to people from all over the world to enlighten, amaze and inform.
His goal is to encourage others to improve their math skills and teach them that it can be fun, despite their age or skill level.
By giving lectures and presentations at schools, Scott strives to heighten children’s and young adult’s confidence in math.
Scott has written two successful books, “Math Magic” and “Math Magic for Your Kids”.
Scott is the annual host ad ambassador for the international mathematics competition, World Math Day.

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Genetic Or Learned

Although Scott’s purpose is to teach people around the world how to excel at math, his specific calculation abilities is special. Not only did he discover his gift at such a young age, but his brain function is different than others.
While starring on Stan Lee’s Superhumans, the show set up a fMRI scan to observe Scott’s brain function. The results showed that there was no brain activity in the Brodmann area 44 region of the frontal cortex. The area slightly above, closer to the motor cortex, was active instead.

Guinness World Records

Scott Flansburg was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000 for correctly adding a randomly selected two-digit number (38) to itself 36 times in 15 seconds.

Names Known By

The Human Calculator

Official Website


Featured In

Live with Regis and Kathy Lee
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Larry King Live
Stan Lee’s Superhumans
Mesa Morning Live

Books Published

Math Magic
Math Magic for Your Kids