andWhen he's not in class, he's working through a stack of books at home; he keeps a list of everything he has read. He's absorbed 52 textbooks on science and math: read the physics lectures of Richard Feynman, and books on robot programming, systems biology, immunobiology, fractals, Latin (a new passion), music theory and the work of Fibonacci, René Descartes, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, among others.
He's studied chaos theory, string theory, quantum mechanics and nuclear science. Along the way, he's also devoured popular fiction and classic literature — Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and most of the works of William Shakespeare ("Not all of them," he notes, modestly).
for good measureHis teachers say Gabriel is capable of digesting and storing information in great gulps, and then making connections with other things he had already learned.
"Everything I threw at him, he just got," said Melissa Nivala, who was a graduate student in the applied math department at the UW in 2007 when she began tutoring Gabriel in graduate-level math. "And he loved it. We would work until I was mentally exhausted. I would tell him, 'OK, we need to stop, because I'm tired of thinking.' "
Nivala would give Gabriel a textbook on a subject — say, chaos theory — and Gabriel would read the book in a few days. He could then answer specific questions and open-ended questions on the subject. He even remembered the exact page number in the book where certain formulas first appeared, Nivala said, hinting at a photographic-like memory.
So how would you advise such a gifted, curious, off the charts prodigy ? Two-Fish ? Pythagorean ? others ? Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcKZaPAhioQ"..."Maybe nobody will ever stamp his diploma, but he will be doing research that far exceeds what most people can comprehend," Monahan said.
"He'll probably find a cure for cancer," Sleight said. "Or something bigger."
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