Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Move Over Einstein, This Kid's Got You Beat

Einstein died 56 years ago, yet the theory of relativity lives on and is one of the most well know equations in history.



However, that could all change very soon.

Jacob Barnett is a 12-year-old from Indiana. He was born with Asperger's syndrome, which is a mild form of autism, but instead of impacting his learning ability in a negative way, the syndrome accelerated Jacob's learning ability 10 fold. He thought himself calculus, algebra and geometry in a matter of two weeks and graduated high school at 8 years of age. He is currently studying college level astrophysics and is also being recruited by Purdue University for a paid research position.

I don't know about you, but hearing about a kid like this makes me feel like my life is something to rofl over.

But that's not the best part. Jacob has been expanding Einsteins theory of relativity and may very well be a few equations away from disproving it. Professors at the Institute for Advance study, an institution Einstein himself was apart of, believe that Jacob holds the key to debunking the theory.

If I were Einstein, I'd feel like a douche for being disproved by a 12-year-old.

What does this mean for the world of science?
Click here to watch him explain calculus on Youtube. You won't understand.

29 comments:

Patres said...

That's amazing, the reasons why some people are born with sort of supercharged brains should be looked more into. The only bad thing is the kid not having a childhood at all...

Mr Duke said...

It's funny how our mind works, it's like all you have to do is flip a switch and BOOM, genius.

Alexis said...

Sometimes I don't know whether to feel sorry for smart children, or to apprecuate their smartness. I mean, that kid must have absolutely no childhood, like Patres said.

It's Sheldon Cooper, but real. RUN!

http://dasmeistro.blogspot.com said...

Kids should be kids, fucking smart ass kids are only annoying.

benchmark said...

Einstein's friends always called him a douche, too. But mostly because of his hair.

Merkin said...

I watched the video, and you're right. I didn't understand any of it.
He's going to be a rich man. Some one should direct him over to the competition about creating the mathematical formula for how water flows.

Antiquated said...

@Merkin I'm in the same boat for the most part, this was a good read and I hope that he accomplishes something amazing. Who knows maybe he'll be working on the theory of time travel with the hadron collider and discover dark matter.

Doc-Mitchell.blogspot.com said...

what a kid, i hope for him he'll rule science like einstein ;)

freddieblue1 said...

smart kid, could be the next einstein

Wayward Disposition said...

*Will be the next Einstein.

Insider33 said...

That is awesome, I want to hear more about him

Danny Murphy said...

You have to kinda feel sorry for kids that smart, him dealing with other people would be the equivalent of us dealing with people with Down Syndrome all day long.

mac-and-me said...

Amazing,

following

Tibble said...

Woah, imagine if he breaks the rules that hold the fabric of the world together! He has to be stopped!

King Elysium said...

Wow, that kid has a gift

Pentele said...

Hopefully he doesn't lose his childhood over this..

Ano said...

Why have not I heard of this before now? This is a fantastic post!

Moob said...

fascinating.

314 In The Sky said...

Damn, nice find. I was wondering when something like this was going to happen.

sildude said...

Interesting post.

EmoGoth said...

I both envy and pity that kid. The expectations on him are huge.

Punky said...

I don't feel sorry for this kid at all. It's not like he's losing his childhood to child beauty pageants or some other parent exploitation, if he is indeed a genius good for him, hopefully he can help advance mankind.

Jennifer Black said...

Quantum mechanics has contradicted relativity for years however they both seem to be correct, maybe this kid really can debunk one of them.

BTN Hip Hop said...

i doubt this kid is all that great. lets see.

Xuian said...

Newton invented calculus in 2 days locked in a room by himself. Many people have lived that are as smart as this kid, and I'm sure one of them would have already disproven the theories of relativity at this point, but we'll see!

King Elysium said...

I'd feel like a total douche if a kid disproved my theory! ha!

Eric P said...

My god, I thought I was a badass for starting Calculus at age 15. This kid is incredible!

TheMonopolyGuy said...

He's just doing mathematics, not relativity

Waywardly said...

The video I linked to is just mathematics, yes. But if you google him, you'll find hundreds of articles on his work.

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