Sunday, August 12, 2012

Indian Origin Boy solves 350 Year Old Math Puzzle Set By Newton

A 16-year-old Indian origin schoolboy in Germany has managed to crack puzzles that baffled the world of maths for more than 350 years.


Shouryya Ray, from Dresden, has been hailed a genius after working out the problems set by Sir Isaac Newton. Ray solved two fundamental particle dynamics theories which physicists have previously been able to calculate only by using powerful computers.

His solutions mean that scientists can now calculate the flight path of a thrown ball and then predict how it will hit and bounce off a wall.

Ray only came across the problems during a school trip to Dresden University where professors claimed they were uncrackable.


Ray began solving complicated equations as a six-year-old but he says he's no genius. According to Welt Online, Ray has been captivated by math since a very early age and was inspired by his father, Subhashis Ray, who works as a research assistant at the Technical University of Freiburg. His father began teaching Ray calculus at the tender age of six.


After arriving from Kolkata four years ago without knowing any German, Shouryya is now fluent in the language. His intelligence was quickly noted in class and he was pushed up two years in school - he is currently sitting his exams early.

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