February 2016, Volume 20, Number 1

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Yusnier Viera
MDC Professor Yusnier Viera

Mind-Boggling Mathematician

MDC Math Professor Yusnier Viera captured international attention in the final competition on Discovery Channel’s Superhuman Showdown in which he showed how he can compute the day of the week for any date in the past 400 years. Scientists who have peered inside his brain with an FMRI scan have discovered that Viera not only uses analytic skills and algorithms but also draws on his frontal lobe, which normally undertakes more abstract functions, such as judgment and intuition. Viera’s gift has long drawn interest worldwide, including in 2013 when he was one of only 20 intellectuals to participate in the National Geographic Society’s “Super Brain” contest in São Paulo, Brazil.

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