Autistic Boy, 12, with Higher IQ than Einstein
12-year-old autistic boy with higher IQ than Einstein has developed his own
theory of relativity.
A 12-year-old child prodigy from London has astounded academicians after he was seen
to be experimenting with some of the most advanced mathematical concepts.
Jacob Barnett has an IQ of 170, which
is higher than Albert Einstein. He is now so far
advanced in his Indiana university studies that professors are lining him up for
a PHD research role.
The boy wonder taught himself calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry in a
week and now tutors college classmates. Now Jake has embarked on his most ambitious
project yet his own expanded version of Einstein’s theory of relativity.
His mother, not sure if her child was talking nonsense or genius, sent a video of
his theory to the renowned Institute for Advanced Study near Princeton University.
According to the Indiana Star, Institute astrophysics professor
Scott Tremaine himself a world renowned expert confirmed the
authenticity of Jakes theory.
In an email to the family, Tremaine wrote: I am impressed by his interest in physics
and the amount that he has learned so far. The theory that he is 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.
But for his mother Kristine Barnett, 36, and the rest of the family, maths remains
a tricky subject. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mrs. Barnett
said : I flunked math. I know this did not come from me.
Jake added : Whenever I try talking about math
with anyone in my family they just stare blankly.
He was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, from an early
age. His parents were worried when he didn’t talk until the age of two, suspecting
he was educationally abnormal. It was only as he began to grow up that they realized
just how special his gift was.
He would fill up note pads of paper with drawings of complex geometrical shapes
and calculations, before picking up felt tip pens and writing equations on windows.
By three he was solving 5,000-piece puzzles and he studied a state road map, reciting
every highway and license plate prefix from memory. By eight he had left high school
and was attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
advanced astrophysics classes.
His classroom presence is quite unnerving for many 18-plus year old students at
his IPIU lectures. Speaking to the Indy Star, Wanda Anderson, a biochemistry major
said: When I first walked in and saw him, I thought, Oh my God, I'm going to school
with Doogie Howser.
She added: A lot of people come to him for help when they don't understand a physics
problem. People come up to him all the time and say, Hey Jake, can you help me.
A lot of people think a genius is hard to talk to, but Jake explains things that
would still be over their head.
And his Professor John Ross said his performance in lectures had been outstanding.
When he asks a question, he is always two steps ahead of the lecture. Everyone in
the class gets quiet. Poor kid... He sits right in the front row, and they all just
look at him. He will come to see me during office hours and ask even more detailed
questions. And you can tell he is been thinking these things through. Kids his age
would normally have problems adding fractions, and he is helping out some of his
According to his parents Jake has trouble sleeping at night as he constantly sees
numbers in his head.
But far from complaining, Jake has turned the sleepless nights to his advantage
debunking the big bang theory. The next step, according to Professor Ross, is for
Jake to leave class altogether and take up a paid research role.
Barnett will be formulating his very own expanded
version of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the celebrated scientists hypothesis
regarding gravitational phenomena. According to a senior astrophysics professor
who has studied his preliminary efforts, Any one who solves this will be in line
for a Nobel prize.
Courtesy: Times of India
is said to have an IQ of 170, higher than Albert Einstein.