16-Year-Old German Student Cracks 350-Year-Old Isaac Newton Puzzle

Shourryya Ray, a 16-year-old German student, has cracked a puzzle that has stumped mathematicians since Sir Isaac Newton first posed the problem more than 350 years ago.
Ray has won a research award and is
hailed a genius for solving two fundamental particle dynamics theories that physicists have previously only been able to approximate by using computers with partial solutions. The teen’s solutions allow exact calculations of a trajectory under gravity and subject to air resistance. In other words, an item’s flight path can be calculated and predictions can be made of how the object will hit and bounce off a barrier. The two questions were first posed in the 17th and 19th centuries.
The teen first came across the problem on a visit to the Technical University in Dresden when students received raw data to evaluate the trajectory of a thrown ball – but current methods could not yield an exact result, according to The Local.
So Ray set about searching for a precise solution, attributing his accomplishments to “curiosity and schoolboy naivete,” in refusing to believe that the problem was unsolvable, according to The Sunday Times.
“I asked myself, ‘Why can’t it work?'”
Ray told the German Die Welt newspaper.
For years, Ray has enjoyed what he
says is an “intrinsic beauty” of maths.
He moved from Calcutta, India  Dresden, Germany four years ago
without knowledge of any German — a
language he is now fluent in. He is
preparing to take his secondary school
exams two years ahead of his peers.
Ray began solving complicated
problems when he was just 6 years old, but modestly denies that he’s a genius, noting that he wishes he were better at certain things in school — like sports.
He is now deciding whether to study
math or physics in college.



I am somewhat of a geek!

One comment

  1. Hiten

    Indians are not behind anymore

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