Indian 'math-genie' solves 350-year old problem

May 27, 2012 11:40
Indian 'math-genie' solves 350-year old problem

What was intriguing the mathematicians and physicists for centuries has been solved by an Indian boy settled in Dresden Germany. The 16-year-old, Shouryya Ray moved into the country from Kolkata at 12 and settled there, admits that it was his school that pushed him through. The problems solved by this young boy are nothing simple and they were set by none other than Sir Isaac Newton some 350 years ago. They were till day solved by using computers and this young teen solves them without them.


The article quoted in the Daily Mail narrates that the math-genie kid solutions mean that scientists can now calculate the flight path of a thrown ball and then predict how it will hit and bounce off a wall.


Shourie gives credit of his knowledge to two issues. The important aspect was his father an engineer always gave him arithmetic problems and asked him to solve them. With this he could solve the most difficult problems at the age of six. Arriving in Germany and joining a school specializing in science gave him the necessary impetus to enhance his command in problem solving. He admits, "I just asked myself, 'Why not?"  "I think it was just schoolboy naivety. I didn't believe there couldn't be a solution," he added. The kid first came across the problems while his school sent him along with his class mates on visit to the Technical University in Dresden.

Shourie was also given the necessary encouragements from the school which pushed him through two classes after watching him grooming up. The genie is yet to decide whether math or physics to specialize. In spite of all the lime light the teen felt a little depressed for not being good in sports. (With Inputs from Internet- Aarkay)

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