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13th roots: Alexis Lemaire bests his own world record

December 13, 2007

As widely reported in the on-line media ([AFP via Yahoo!], [Daily Telegraph (via NY Sun)]), “mathlete” Alexis Lemaire set a world record on Tuesday 11 Dec 2007 by computing the 13th root of a randomly generated 200 digit number in 70.2 seconds.  This improved on the previous world record of 72.4 seconds which he set in November 2007.  (“The first digit is easy and so is the last, but the middle ones are very hard”, Lemaire was quoted as saying in November.) (more…)