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Originally posted by Nobama
I bet common sense isn't very common for this kid, I mean sure he's able to explain theories, but is he capable of changing his own diapers?
Nah, from what I've seen, he's just regurgitating what he's taken in, which is no small task looking at all he has taken in. I don't mean to denigrate him in any way. The boy is brilliant. I just am not sure how much new theory his mind is geared to generate. Prodigies like this are amazing, but we will have to see how his particular gift is manifested.
By the time he was 8, he got permission to sit in on an advanced astronomy class at IUPUI. Meanwhile, his math skills were reaching astronomical levels.
"You could tell right off the bat, his performance has been outstanding," said professor Ross, who at age 46 with a doctorate from Boston University, has never seen a kid as smart as Jacob.
"When he asks a question, he is always two steps ahead of the lecture," Ross said.
The numbers that keep him from snoozing are the same that led him to develop his own theory of physics — an original work that proposed a "new expanded theory of relativity" and takes what Einstein developed even further.
His mom decided to send a video of Jacob explaining his theory to the Institute for Advanced Study near Princeton University— one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry.
That's where astrophysics professor Scott Tremaine does his work. Tremaine is an expert in the evolution of planetary systems, comets, black holes, galaxies.
In a letter back to the Barnetts, Tremaine confirmed the brilliance.
"I'm impressed by his interest in physics and the amount that he has learned so far," Tremaine wrote in an e-mail, provided by the family. "The theory that he's working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics.
Just a few weeks shy of his 13th birthday, Jake, as he's often called, is starting to move beyond the level of what his professors can teach.
In fact, his work is so strong and his ideas so original, he's being courted by a top-notch East Coast research center. IUPUI is interested in him moving from the classroom into a funded researcher's position.
"We have told him that after this semester ... enough of the book work. You are here to do some science," said IUPUI physics professor John Ross, who vows to help find some grant funding to support Jacob and his work.
Hard to experiment if you have no mathematical model to build your hypothesis off of.
Math + Experiment = Equally Important.
Try not to cut down a 12 year old that is smarter than you.
I know he hampers on everyone's ego but a kid like this is more important the human race than 90% of us will ever be.
For someone who has supposedly studied astronomy, he sure doesn't have a clue what the big bang is, it wasn't an explosion, nor did it produce hydrogen (as in, the first particles it produced).
Really? I've watched the other kids considered to be in the prodigy range, this kid stands out to me. You are quick to comment...