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Old 05-28-2012, 04:39 PM
Location: State of Transition
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Originally Posted by SPECFRCE View Post
I have worked this problem for longer then I want to admit. Great on this young man.
Cool. So it's one of those problems that it takes exceptional ability to solve, even though it's been done before. To solve it, I take it, is a measure of someone's giftedness in this field.

I'd still like to know if this kid's approach was unique in some way.
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:18 PM
Location: Texas
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I love it when kids use their passion, talent, and energy to do something like this.
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:22 PM
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Ya but he thinks 48÷2(9+3) = 2.
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:44 AM
Location: Maryland
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I had an acquaintance in college. I knew he was smart in an unusual way, his physics prof said he was the most unusual mind she had encountered and she gave him (not a loan) $10,000 for tuition, etc. of her own money to make sure he stayed in school.

He ended up with a Ph. D. in math. For a brief stint, he worked teaching at a small college. He was eccentric, as well as some kind of genius, and not well received there. The chairman of the department decided to prank him and told him they were having a little contest in house to see who could solve this problem most quickly. He gave it to Tony who took it home and handed it back in to him the next day. The chairman didn’t say anything, just took it.

Another person there told Tony a few days later that the problem was an old one that had been circulating many years and was considered unsolvable. Tony asked why the chairman didn’t say something about his answer. The guy told him that the chairman said it must not have been that hard after all.

He left there after a few years and the last job he had was writing encrypted communication software for the Navy. I wish someone would have really challenged him with something important. We waste good minds because they are sometimes socially awkward minds or because they can speed up mundane processes and just get absorbed into the machinery.
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