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Amazing 16-Year-Old Finds Bernoulli Numbers Relationship

  1. May 30, 2009 #1
    "Mathematics holds a vital place in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences and finance. Number calculations have proved the viability of countless scientific phenomenon. Money lenders generally need statistical data to evaluate a consumer’s financial situation before granting them a loan (although installment loans are easier to come by). Whatever the field, math leads to results.

    According to David Landes of the Swedish news publication The Local, a 16-year-old student named Mohamed Altoumaimi [a Swedish citizen originally from Iraq] from Falu Frigymnasium high school has achieved a significant accomplishment in the field of mathematics. He has derived a formula with Bernoulli numbers that is normally the territory for only seasoned professional mathematicians. Professors at prestigious Uppsala University have recognized the young man’s accomplishment, and hope to see more from him."

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  3. May 30, 2009 #2


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    Feh. It's not a "300-year old unsolved problem", it's elementary and well-known. Almost every mathematical 'fact' in the article is wrong.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090528/wl_mideast_afp/swedeneducationoffbeatreply [Broken]
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  4. Jun 4, 2009 #3
    What do expect? Journalists aren't required to take anything past remedial maths.
  5. Jun 6, 2009 #4
    Good example of the legendary "general public meets the scientists" clash. The former prefers sensations without caring if there is any truth to it, while scientists prefer no sensation at all letting the facts speak for themselves.

    School professor says the kid has done a good job, journalist writes he dazzled the math professors and solved an old problem.

    Researchers find that small amounts of alcohol decreases risk of dying in heart failure, journalist writes that alcohol is the key to good health.
  6. Jun 6, 2009 #5
    In other news, a 2 year old is thought to only see in 2 dimensions.

    Analysis of his drawings of Mommy and Daddy show no depth, shadowing, or texture.
  7. Jun 6, 2009 #6


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    And his color selection is poor!
  8. Jun 6, 2009 #7


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    Not to mention his allusionary metaphors suck...
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