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Schoolboy cracks age-old maths problem
The Local.de ^ | Published: 23 May 12 07:03 CET | The Local.de

Posted on 05/26/2012 3:07:20 PM PDT by James C. Bennett

A 16-year-old schoolboy has solved a mathematical problem which has stumped mathematicians for centuries, a newspaper report said. The boy put the historical breakthrough down to “schoolboy naivety.”

Shouryya Ray, who moved to Germany from India with his family at the age of 12, has baffled scientists and mathematicians by solving two fundamental particle dynamics problems posed by Sir Isaac Newton over 350 years ago, Die Welt newspaper reported on Monday.

Ray’s solutions make it possible to now calculate not only the flight path of a ball, but also predict how it will hit and bounce off a wall. Previously it had only been possible to estimate this using a computer, wrote the paper.

Ray first came across the old problem when his secondary school, which specializes in science, set all their year-11 pupils a research project.

On a visit to the Technical University in Dresden pupils received raw data to evaluate a direct numerical simulation – which can be used to describe the trajectory of a ball when it is thrown.

When he realised the current method could not get an exact result, Ray decided to have a go at solving it. He puts the whole thing down to “schoolboy naivety” - he just refused to accept there was no answer to the problem.

“I asked myself: why can’t it work?” he told the paper.

Ray has been fascinated by what he calls the “intrinsic beauty“ of maths since an early age, according to the report. The boy was inspired by his engineer father who began setting him arithmetic problems at the age of six.

He recently won a youth science competition at the state level in Saxony and won second place in the Maths and IT section at the national final.

Originally from Calcutta, Ray couldn’t speak a word of German when he came to Dresden four years ago – but now he is fluent. Since then, he was moved up two classes in school and is currently sitting his Abitur exams two years early.

But Ray doesn’t think he’s a genius, and told the paper he has weak points as a mathematician, as well as in sports and social sciences.

Ray, whose recent breakthrough may have earned him a paragraph in the schoolbooks of the future, is currently deciding whether to study maths or physics at university.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: germany; math; mathematics; newton
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1 posted on 05/26/2012 3:07:35 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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Good Lord! And my idiot ten year old son struggles with division and hasn't memorized multiplication tables.
2 posted on 05/26/2012 3:10:43 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: metmom; wintertime; JenB

Will any Americans have any achievements like this? Maybe if they’re homeschooled.


3 posted on 05/26/2012 3:11:01 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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Since then, he was moved up two classes in school and is currently sitting his Abitur exams two years early.

The Abitur two years early, that’s impressive.


4 posted on 05/26/2012 3:12:47 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: James C. Bennett

It’s likely below him. but can we send him to DC to teach them basic math.. like how to balance a check book?


5 posted on 05/26/2012 3:13:45 PM PDT by cableguymn
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6 posted on 05/26/2012 3:14:59 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
"Will any Americans have any achievements like this? Maybe if they’re home schooled."

I clicked on the local progressive radio station this morning and they were doing a show on how conservatives are purposely dumbing down the public school system to deny children the education of how to use critical thinking.

7 posted on 05/26/2012 3:15:47 PM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: tet68

It’s that kind of attitude, “We didn’t know it couldn’t
be done, so we just did it.”, that used to be the norm
for Americans. Now our kids are all indoctrinated not to
be better than others or someones feelings will be hurt.


8 posted on 05/26/2012 3:16:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: James C. Bennett

If Obama had a son it would neither look nor act like him.


9 posted on 05/26/2012 3:16:28 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: James C. Bennett

“Ray first came across the old problem when his secondary school, which specializes in science, set all their year-11 pupils a research project.

On a visit to the Technical University in Dresden pupils received raw data to evaluate a direct numerical simulation – which can be used to describe the trajectory of a ball when it is thrown.”

Meanwhile in America ..


10 posted on 05/26/2012 3:19:49 PM PDT by daku
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Cool
Maybe he can figure out how to eliminate communists


11 posted on 05/26/2012 3:20:24 PM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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Ray’s solutions make it possible to now calculate not only the flight path of a ball, but also predict how it will hit and bounce off a wall.

That reminds me of this story of a group of guys who tried to use a computer built into their shoes to predict how the ball on a roulette table would behave. A fascinating, and true story.


12 posted on 05/26/2012 3:20:24 PM PDT by mc5cents
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Is this one of the big seven math questions?


13 posted on 05/26/2012 3:22:05 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: James C. Bennett

He’s too late. Obama solved this but before Al Gore.


14 posted on 05/26/2012 3:24:19 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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Maybe the israelies can use this to help them drop bombs on iran.


15 posted on 05/26/2012 3:25:35 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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Ray, whose recent breakthrough may have earned him a paragraph in the schoolbooks of the future, is currently deciding whether to study maths or physics at university.

If you know the math, the physics is easy.

16 posted on 05/26/2012 3:27:23 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Maybe if one of our universities offers him a nice scholarship—and then our immigration policies allow him to stay and become a citizen.


17 posted on 05/26/2012 3:29:25 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: James C. Bennett

That’s the way the ball bounces.....


18 posted on 05/26/2012 3:31:07 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: cableguymn

He’s not in to politics, even though I agree Congress needs his math skills.


19 posted on 05/26/2012 3:31:51 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: mamelukesabre

“Maybe the israelies can use this to help them drop bombs on iran.”

Especially if the bomb bounces off The Dinnerjacket’s house first and then explodes!


20 posted on 05/26/2012 3:33:00 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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