12-year-old Jacob Barnett has been called Doogie Howser by some of his classmates. An apt comparison, to the extent that these are his college classmates calling him that, but Barnett is even brighter than the character Neil Patrick Harris so brilliantly played in his youth. According to the Daily Mail, “Jacob Barnett has an IQ of 170 – higher than Albert Einstein – and is now so far advanced in his Indiana University studies that professors are lining him up for a PHD research role.”
Barnett taught himself calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry in a week and is working on “his own expanded version of Einstein’s theory of relativity.” Perhaps not surprisingly, Barnett has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Experts say that if Barnett can solve some of the problems he’s working on right now – the most difficult in astrophysics and theoretical physics – he’ll be in line for a Nobel Prize.
Barnett’s mother told reporters, “I flunked math. I know this did not come from me.” By 3, Barnett was solving 5,000-piece puzzles and memorizing the details of road maps. (And I thought my 5-year-old being able to pick up a “Fancy Nancy” book she’d never seen before and read it was a big deal!) Barnett was in high school, but left at age 8 to enroll in Indiana University-Purdue.
There is a downside to Barnett’s intense genius, though. “According to his parents Jake has trouble sleeping at night as he constantly sees numbers in his head…. But far from complaining, Jake has turned the sleepless nights to his advantage – debunking the big bang theory.” When I have trouble sleeping, I stumble to the kitchen and eat something in the middle of the night. I make a lot of big bangs, falling over things in the dark.
Here’s Barnett in action, solving a calculus problem. He’s clearly a very sweet kid; his clever smile is irresistible. The only problem is, I have no idea what he’s talking about. I never took calculus. Oy. Just give the kid the Nobel now…
Source: Daily Mail