I have a friend like that who is going to MIT next year... he`s 3rd in the USA and won 3rd place in USAMO, and took a Harvard course last year that taught 4 years of Harvard/Harvard grad level math in one year...though I don`t think if he`s as smart as this kid. He did represent the US in the international competition however (yes, there`s an international competition called the IMO) and managed to get a silver medal (medals are based on score, not place, so he did middling)

This is why we have to remain skeptical. I certainly was, since the chance that a 16yr old would solve that problem is astronomical. Still a clever kid - just don`t believe everything you read.

actually i read this on another site. and this part:

"After going through his notebooks, the professors found his work was indeed correct and offered him a place in Uppsala." turned out to be wrong. apparently they said it has been cracked for a while, and that they didnt offer him a thing.

"With todays computers such as the MONSTER IBM`s Blue Gene I dont think there are any math problems humanity can be stumped by."

Unfortunately, when most people think of mathematics, it is restricted to a very small portion of number theory, a really small portion of linear algebra, and few get beyond an extremely small portion of real analysis (ie calculus). There are entire fields of mathematics that only distantly reference numbers, some that only use numbers as a way of comparing abstract objects, and some that have nothing to do with numbers at all.

Also, there are many statements that we know can neither be proven nor disproven, such as the Axiom of Choice.

"What about the last digit of pi?"

The problem in this case is not in finding the answer, but in asking the question. The answer is, in fact, well known.

I had a comment, but tossed it `cause it seems like maybe this didn`t happen the way they`re saying it did. So instead I leave you with this little pearl of wisdom: At this very moment, there is a fifty-fifty chance that Chuck Norris is boning your sister

Iraqi teen tackles maths puzzle, but not the first: university: "Senior lecturer Jan-Aake Lindhal verified the formula, but added that although correct, it was well known and readily available in several databases," the statement said. - yahoo news

The teachers failed though. Sweden, the country behind Law of Jante (it doesn`t mean nything really, it`s just a name), can be so friggin slow to realize potential. The "Law" basically states that you are nobody. Nobody is interested in what you do, and you probably suck at it anyway. So don`t bother to make a show of it.

Which is why people around you talk down to you, like you`re a little child, as soon as you see/discover/invent something awesome. Except, of course, when it has gone public and is the norm, then suddenly EVERYONE was supportive of you during your hard times. They were there...

How can people call fake on this? We haven`t seen the formulas, so we can`t even tell ourselves if it`s fake, and the professor have said it`s right, so there`s no evidence to doubt its authenticity. I think you`re all just jealous.

And it seriously just doesn`t sound like it would flow well to say "maths..."

It just doesn`t feel as fluid... Whatever, they can have their tongue, I`ll have mine. Not like I`ll ever intentionally speak with a Brit about math anyway...

Actually brprince is right. You wouldn`t be able to to use 0 to narrow down the last digit of pi as 0 can`t be used as such. That leaves you with only 1-9.

- He`ll take over the world someday.
but i bet people were just really lazy for 300 years...

Holy sh*t guys I think we found the Messiah.

Oh.

Move along people, nothing to see here.

Wait nevermind.

After Paul1582`s comment, nevermind. He isn`t the genius everyone thought.

i was thinking the same thing

This is why we have to remain skeptical. I certainly was, since the chance that a 16yr old would solve that problem is astronomical. Still a clever kid - just don`t believe everything you read.

What about the last digit of pi?

Like the answer to all other questions, it is obviously 42.

I`ll let you ponder that statement for a second and count how many levels that is wrong on.

...which is wrong anyway.

"After going through his notebooks, the professors found his work was indeed correct and offered him a place in Uppsala." turned out to be wrong. apparently they said it has been cracked for a while, and that they didnt offer him a thing.

Unfortunately, when most people think of mathematics, it is restricted to a very small portion of number theory, a really small portion of linear algebra, and few get beyond an extremely small portion of real analysis (ie calculus). There are entire fields of mathematics that only distantly reference numbers, some that only use numbers as a way of comparing abstract objects, and some that have nothing to do with numbers at all.

Also, there are many statements that we know can neither be proven nor disproven, such as the Axiom of Choice.

"What about the last digit of pi?"

The problem in this case is not in finding the answer, but in asking the question. The answer is, in fact, well known.

"What about the last digit of pi?"

Finding the `last digit of pi` (if there was such a thing) would not be a problem, it would be an exercise. There is a distinct difference.

As for the story, I wouldn`t give it too much credibility until it is reviewed internationally, not just in Sweden.

Iraqi teen tackles maths puzzle, but not the first: university:

"Senior lecturer Jan-Aake Lindhal verified the formula, but added that although correct, it was well known and readily available in several databases," the statement said. - yahoo news

in other words...

NERD ALERT!

And on that note... "Excuse me? Can you f*ck it?" "No...?" "Awwww"

Saw it a while back.

The teachers failed though. Sweden, the country behind Law of Jante (it doesn`t mean nything really, it`s just a name), can be so friggin slow to realize potential. The "Law" basically states that you are nobody. Nobody is interested in what you do, and you probably suck at it anyway. So don`t bother to make a show of it.

Which is why people around you talk down to you, like you`re a little child, as soon as you see/discover/invent something awesome. Except, of course, when it has gone public and is the norm, then suddenly EVERYONE was supportive of you during your hard times. They were there...

Man I hate that social piece of "etiquette".

Yep, indeed that`s how things are. But for the kid to realize this at that level, with no help? I`m impressed, regardless whether it`s new or old.

Can someone please ban this spammer?

On the other hand, he`s still amazing to come up with the simplification on his own!

"At this very moment, there is a fifty-fifty chance that Chuck Norris is boning your sister"

You mean he can only bone half of the female population at any one time? How pathetic.

I can narrow it down to one of ten possible numbers.

on a side note, chuck norris IS boning your sister, enough said.

I can narrow it down to one of ten possible numbers. "

You win the internet.

http://www.uu.se/news/news_item.php?typ=artikel&id=693

nuff said

Really? which 9?

Really?

This kid just proved himself a damn genius and you can`t even use proper grammar in your article about him?

Wow...

Really?

This kid just proved himself a damn genius and you can`t even use proper grammar in your article about him?

Wow..."

I`ve heard it quite a few times, so I assumed it was a regional thingie.

In case you haven`t noticed yet, English does vary between US and England.

Really?

This kid just proved himself a damn genius and you can`t even use proper grammar in your article about him?

Wow..."

okay you don`t have to be douchey about it.

it`s called `colloquialism`

england says `maths`

we say `math`

And it seriously just doesn`t sound like it would flow well to say "maths..."

It just doesn`t feel as fluid... Whatever, they can have their tongue, I`ll have mine. Not like I`ll ever intentionally speak with a Brit about math anyway...

though some are saying this thing is fake, so win lose situation i guess? lol

the nine numbers i can narrow it down to are as follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

if you need to ask why, dont try and take maths at uni, it wont end well for you.

http://www.uu.se/news/news_item.php?typ=artikel&id=693

You forgot 0 there genius; hence the ten numbers.

Actually brprince is right. You wouldn`t be able to to use 0 to narrow down the last digit of pi as 0 can`t be used as such. That leaves you with only 1-9.

List off all digits of pi you know! go!

While we`re at it, Fibonacci sequence go!