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In 2009, a sixteen year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden submitted a proof to Uppsala University, correctly simplifying the computation of Bernoulli numbers. Mathematicians claim this proof has been discovered before and is well known in the field.    
Originally posted by AltruisticNarcissist
Yeah it's true that much of our math knowledge comes from the arab world, even the word algebra...Al-gebra, is arabic, amongst a number of other mathematical terms.
While the word "algebra" comes from Arabic word (al-jabr, الجبر), its origins can be traced to the ancient Babylonians, who developed an advanced arithmetical system with which they were able to do calculations in an algebraic fashion. With the use of this system they were able to apply formulas and calculate solutions for unknown values for a class of problems typically solved today by using linear equations, quadratic equations, and indeterminate linear equations.
Originally posted by searching4truth
Iraq was not a backwards nation it has always had a very high literacy rate and has had great quality educational facilities, now I do not know who much of the general population had access, but given the literacy rates I would say that it was available to the masses.
Originally posted by jagskotpalme
Problem here (i am swedish) is that swedish media got it all wrong. Still of course hes a math genius but he did solve a problem thats already been known. But he did it in hes own way or something like that...sry for explaining badly but..
here is a translation with a Correction:
Clarification: It was previously interpreted as Mohammed Altoumaimi found a solution that no one done before. It is not true. The solution in the past, but Mohammed has itself found a formula to solve it.
While it's not the first time that someone has shown such Bernoulli number relationships, it's highly unusual for a first year high school student to make his way through the complicated calculations, according to Uppsala University senior maths lecturer Lars-Åke Lindahl.
Originally posted by masonwatcher
reply to post by EnlightenUp
That kid is not in any mathematics team at the University of Uppsala. He did it by himself and he is still at school.
16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden has cracked a maths puzzle that has stumped experts for more than 300 years...