Thursday, March 31, 2011

Boy Genius Out to Disprove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

This kid, 12-year old Jacob Barnett, is hilarious — he’s a teaching fellow at a local university and is taking advanced courses in astrophysics. Here he explains a calculus problem that may (or may not) solve Dark Matter, with a warning: “For those of you who do not know very much math, and are having MATH PHOBIA, I recommend you GO AWAY RIGHT NOW.”

Cute kid. A Time article quotes “professors at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey — you know, the U.S. academic homeroom for the likes of Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Kurt Gödel — have confirmed he's on the right track to coming up with something completely new.” Thanks to Telemann for this.

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