'The Human Calculator' hits the road to conquer folks' fear of math

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - He is the guy known as The Human Calculator! And on Thursday's Good Morning Arizona, Scott Flansburg showed us just how he got that title.

Flansburg has been teaching math and entertaining people with his astonishing math skills for more than 20 years. People challenge him almost every day to calculate large math problems in his head.

He says he is hoping to make 2105 "The Year of Math." And he has teamed up with Tabtor, a leader in personalized and instructor-led digital math tutoring, to make that happen.

Flansburg's tour starts in Phoenix on Monday, March 23, and continues across the nation, as Scott visits local school districts to help elementary and middle school students overcome their fear of math and add a healthy bit of competition to math education through the challenge.

The Human Calculator nickname was given to Flansburg by television star Regis Philbin. Scott earned this nickname because of his remarkable math skills that allow him to add, subtract, multiply, and divide (even do square and cube roots) all in his head with amazing speed and calculator accuracy.

Guinness World Records also named him as the "Fastest Human Calculator." According to Flansburg, he would be even faster, but he can't speak the answers as fast as he can calculate them in his head!

Now an elite "edu-tainer," Flansburg speaks to educators, parents, corporate leaders, and thousands of kids each year, teaching them about math and even showing off his own skills. His mission is to help people improve their basic math skills regardless of their ages, and convince them that math can be fun.

Flansburg is also the author of "Math Magic" and "Math Magic for Kids."

For more information, visit: www.TheHumanCalculator.com

Watch the Human Calculator on Oprah:

 (He even mentions 3TV's Scott Pasmore at 11:28!)