A Teenager vs Isaac Newton
Young Shouryya Ray from Germany was the first to solve the mathematical problem that was set by Isaac Newton more than 300 years ago, according to London newspapers “Sunday Times”. The sixteen-year-old Shouryya, originally from India, came up with solutions for two problems including the movement of particles that physicists have so far managed to resolve only with the help of very powerful computers. His solution means that scientists will now be able to calculate by themselves the dropped ball model and to predict its bounces and ‘rejections’ against the wall.
The boy said he had solved the problem, that mathematicians have struggled about for more than three centuries, while working on a school project. Ray got a science prize for his efforts, a German media called him a genius. “When we were explained that these problems have no solutions, I thought – Why shouldn’t I try? ” – he said. Ray’s family moved to Germany when he was 12, after his father, an engineer by profession, got a job there. Ray said that his father had implanted “a hunger for mathematics” in him and that he has learned to solve math problems when he was six years old. The talented teenager did not know a word of German when he came into the country, but he was quickly advised to skip two grades, which he did without problems, so now he’s taking the final exam in high school, two years ahead of his peers.