Friday, May 29, 2009

Bernoulli Numbers Solution Reached: After Three Centuries

"Iraq-born teen cracks maths puzzle"
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo! News (May 28, 2009)

"A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden has cracked a maths puzzle that has stumped experts for more than 300 years, Swedish media reported on Thursday.

"In just four months, Mohamed Altoumaimi has found a formula to explain and simplify the so-called Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of calculations named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli, the Dagens Nyheter daily said.

"Altoumaimi, who came to Sweden six years ago, said teachers at his high school in Falun, central Sweden were not convinced about his work at first...."

But when they went through Mohamed Altoumaimi's notebooks, they found that his math checked out. He's been offered a place at Uppsala University. Mohamed - wisely, I think - decided to keep going with his school work. Which includes "summer classes in advanced mathematics and physics...."

A remarkable achievement: followed up by a demonstration of really good sense. I like reading success stories like that, now and again.

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