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Old 05-27-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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It's on FOX News and I'm having trouble linking to it on my phone right now. He's from India and lives in Germany. It's problem proposed by Sir Issiac Newton involving the rate of an object falling with not only gravity, but also air resistance factored in. The applications for solving this problem includes more accurate weapons.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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Teen solves centuries-old math problem - UPI.com
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:34 AM
 
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Schoolboy cracks age-old maths problem - The Local

Smart kid. Interesting about the naive thing, no set way do solve the problem, no experience with failure. All very cool. Maybe we could get him to transfer over here.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:41 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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He's a gifted child, and a gifted mathematician. He has a bright future ahead of him. India has some very talented people.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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24 posts were deleted for thread hijacking, bickering, politics, personal attacks, snarky remarks. -- all TOS Violations. The two off topic requests that are not TOS violations.

In the future if you do not want to discuss Science of Technology LURK, LEAVE or SUFFER the consequences.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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IIRC, there was a story from Germany with a similar feel about a year or two ago, where a grandiose claim was made about a smart kid, it was picked up by the papers, and the kid had done nothing out of the ordinary.

The UPI story makes it appear that he has "discovered" something already well known to every basketball player and artillery and ballistics student. If there is something more to it, perhaps someone could enlighten us?
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:30 PM
 
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This is what everything is abuzz about. What he did has been understood since 1860, its just lost in translation by the news media and sensationalized since a 16 year old kid put it on paper by some news media after winning second place in a science contest.

Smart kid, but oopsie by the media.

At least we dont have neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light. That was a fun thread.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:55 PM
 
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This is what everything is abuzz about. What he did has been understood since 1860, its just lost in translation by the news media and sensationalized since a 16 year old kid put it on paper by some news media after winning second place in a science contest.

Smart kid, but oopsie by the media.

At least we dont have neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light. That was a fun thread.
Could you give us more information about this? How is it that the solution has been known since 1860? And did the boy's solution of it match the process and solution that was done in 1860, or did he come up with a novel approach?

Bless the moderators for finally moving this topic to science! Now we can learn more about the details of the topic.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Thanks. I figured it was another media snafu. Math not being my strong suit, I'll just point out the obvious that the kid did better than I could.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:15 PM
 
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I have worked this problem for longer then I want to admit. Great on this young man.
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