16 year old solves 300-year-old mathematical problem posed by Sir Isaac NewtonMay 27, 2012 No Comments
May 27, 2012 / MariaNews.com
16 year old solves 300-year-old mathematical problem posed by Sir Isaac Newton
(FoxNews.com) – A German 16-year-old has become the first person to solve a mathematical problem posed by Sir Isaac Newton more than 300 years ago.
Shouryya Ray worked out how to calculate exactly the path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance, The (London) Sunday Times reported.
The Indian-born teen said he solved the problem that had stumped mathematicians for centuries while working on a school project.
Ray won a research award for his efforts and has been labeled a genius by the German media, but he put it down to “curiosity and schoolboy naivety.”
“When it was explained to us that the problems had no solutions, I thought to myself, ‘well, there’s no harm in trying,’” he said.
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