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  1. Dec 6, 2005 #1
    This 16 year old kid found a new way to solve the Dirichlet problem and he's only 16!!

    That's some damn hard math for someone who is 16. Wow. It's on CNN science and space.
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    WOW! This is crazy! really crazy!!!
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    I hope I can work with him one day.
  5. Dec 6, 2005 #4
    That IS crazy.
  6. Dec 6, 2005 #5
    Has he published it? Is there a reference to a paper?
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    no offense but why the f___ would like to work him for a day?:confused:
    i think there r better choices like Carmen Electra.:wink:
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    I said with him not for him. He will for work for me. :biggrin:

    If I had to choose, Carmen Electra wouldn't be at the top of my list.
  9. Dec 6, 2005 #8
    No link? ...........
  10. Dec 6, 2005 #9
    Here is the link:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051206/ap_on_sc/science_competition;_ylt=Ajg..ylMRqIsTPi_3I6MQcBvieAA;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl [Broken]

    I hope there is more people like that in the world, and who knows, maybe there another kid finishing up proof of Riemann hypothesis.
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  11. Dec 6, 2005 #10
    No link to the paper? Or is it not yet published?
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    Not bad, eh?

    "On the Solution of the Dirichlet Problem with Rational Boundary Data" - Apparently not published yet, or at least not on the internet yet.

    http://www.siemens-foundation.org/2005Berkeley.htm#Michael [Broken]

    BTW - it's the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Lots of smart HS students.
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  13. Dec 6, 2005 #12
    Did any of you guys do partial derivatives in high school? All Ic an say is..amazing. He even found a new way to solve it and he's only 16.
  14. Dec 6, 2005 #13
    His dream job is to be a math professor and concert pianist/violinist/composer.

    He's played the violin for 6 years. He's also cmposes music and won awards in music.

    That makes me jealous..I'm 17. I don't even know calculus that well..
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    My calculus class in HS did toward the end (and in my senior year), but then my HS was an exception. Besides, I bought math and science books and pretty much taught myself.

    I also hired a kid like that, and he is now finishing his senior year studying Mathematics at Harvard. I wished I could find more like him.
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    Why is it that "news" on PF actually happened quite awhile back?
  17. Dec 6, 2005 #16
    Almost as importantly :rolleyes:,

    This is yet another reason why I believe that homeschooling works :wink:

    (indeed, I will homeschool my children)
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    What, some kid spends most of his time absorbed in differential equations, and you call that a success?

    I've asked this already, does anyone know if he's published a paper on this subject, or if this is some sort of pre-emptive scholarship? It's frustrating that for all the publicity he's getting, I can't look at his actual achievement for myself. His presentation was titled, "On the Solution of the Dirichlet Problem with Rational Boundary Data", that's all I've found.
  19. Dec 7, 2005 #18
    (From my perspective) Homeschooling can provide a much more comprehensive (and rigorous) academic foundation for children. Although I do consider it more risky than public education, homeschooling in the least allows a "better use" of time for education.

    (Specfically, even in the rare case where it might not cover much beyond a public school curriculum,--->at least, e.g., what will or might be covered up to and during a usual senior year in public HS, will already be known and understood at a much earlier time)

    Also, I was suprised that a large proportion of the contestants play musical instruments...and quite well...:shy: (Not that it should, but this did come as a surprise...)

    Indeed :bugeye:
    Why no paper? (however 'short' it maybe be..)
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  20. Dec 7, 2005 #19
    On topic, I suggest that there's nothing extraordinary whatsoever about teenagers doing advanced mathematics. They're simply not taught at the high-school level; that combined with the anti-math culture of the modern world, is the reason that students like Viscardi are so few. There's no inherent reason that 16-year olds can't be fluent in PDEs and such - just look at some of the former USSR schools, look at the texts they used at the secondary-school level! No doubt he's extremely smart; but if everyone were thrown into academia at a very young age (soviet-style), there'd be thousands like him. Can you imagine what that's like? What it means to spend the better part of your life, the majority of your childhood, doing academics? Can you re-picture your own life, minus the schooling, minus most of your memories, and plus ten years of college-level studies, ten thousand hours of reading in isolation? You people complain that college work is tireing, and time-consuming - but your American colleges are jokes, compared to what they could be. There do exist academics, who've chosen to absorb themselves in a subject for an entire lifetime - I haven't met any myself. It's their preference. And would you choose such a life?

    Sorry if I ramble.
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    Success is subjective. I personally would MUCH rather get this guy comen out into the real world then some person whose "well rounded" according to the normal US educational standards.
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