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"So let's start with integration by parts. And don't worry, I am here to help you with all your math phobias. So we have integration by parts, I can go back to calculus one, and say, d by bx.." (YouTube / mathboysmom)
That's 12-year-old Jacob Barnett doing what all kids do -- advanced calculus -- on the back window of his house. Absolutely -- normal. Right?
TIME explains -- while there may be no such thing as normal -- Jacob's a little extraordinary.
"...he didn't speak until the age of two...he started solving 5,000 piece puzzles by the age of 3. The 12-year-old taught himself calculus, algebra and geometry in two weeks...He left high school at the ripe old age of eight and has been attending college-level advanced astrophysics classes ever since."
Technically, Jacob has a form of autism -- called Asperger's syndrome. His parents were told he'd always be in special education classes. Uh -- wrong! A writer for Towson Unviersity's TowerLight says, having that kid in class -- would be humbling.
"....don't feel bad, Jake Barnett's IQ (170) is 10 points higher than Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking. Damn. How would you feel, sitting in the middle of your astrophysics class (like you would be in astrophysics)...watching a kid who still thinks light up shoes are cool... breeze past advance quantum mechanics."
Light up shoes? How about enlightening us on the origins of the universe.
You know -- the Big Bang Theory? Boy Genius Barnett says -- it couldn't have happened. Here's the Indianapolis Star -- to -- try to explain in Jacob's own words.
"...in the big-bang theory...there is this big explosion...this period where they suppose the hydrogen and helium were created...but I thought, wouldn't there have to be some sort of carbon?...the carbon would have to be coming out of the stars and hence the Earth, made mostly of carbon, (or) we wouldn't be here."
Right, and while he's on the subject, Yahoo! reports, Jacob has a few other notes for Einstein -- if only he'd pick up the phone.
"So personally I believe that there would be a different universal speed limit, that isn't the speed of light, but probably slightly larger than it. Maybe point-9 times larger. Haven't quite worked it out yet, to the point that it is actually related to the density of the universe."
DVICE notes, while Einstein may not be tracking, other scientists are. One -- from Princeton wrote the family saying -- Jacob's on the right track.
"The theory that he's working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics. Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize."
Wanna follow along? Jacob's mom has her own YouTube channel. We have the link in our transcript section.
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