The Boy Who Could Change The World
Don’t you sometimes wish you had a genius friend who could help you with all your tough science and math problems? Students at Indiana University in Indianapolis, USA, have a friend like that. Except, he is only 12 years old, and he is not only smarter than them, he may even be smarter than Albert Einstein!
Jacob Barnett has been studying astrophysics (physics of the universe) at the university since he was 8, and is about to get a job. He has an IQ of 170, higher than Einstein.
A Young Genius
When Jacob was just 18 months, he could recite the alphabet forwards and backwards and calculate the volume of cereal boxes off the top of his head. Soon after his parents noticed his personality changing and discovered that he had Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of a brain disorder.
But that didn’t slow Jacob down. By age three, he was solving 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzles, and by eight he was doing college-level mathematics and science. That’s when his parents decided to enroll him at Indiana University where he has been excelling in all his doctorate-level physics and math classes. So much so, that his professors are running out of things to teach him. Top American colleges are now competing with Indiana University to hire Jacob as a researcher.
But before Jacob decides what’s next for him, he is keeping busy working on updating two of the world’s most important scientific theories. If he succeeds, he will change how we see our world forever. Jacob says he is close to proving that Einstein’s revolutionary theory of relativity is not entirely correct. The theory states that two people will see the same event happening at different times and points in space, depending on whether they themselves are moving or still.
He is also working on expanding the Big Bang theory, which explains how our universe came to exist. His professors believe that it may only be a matter of time before Jacob wins the Nobel Prize. Any bets on how old he will be when that happens?
According to the Big Bang theory, the universe was created about 14 billion years ago following a very powerful explosion, the Big Bang, which blasted out hydrogen. In time, the hydrogen started to condense into gas clouds which, when they got dense enough, ignited, forming the first stars. When these early, massive stars died, they blew up into “a supernova,” a really bright gaseous explosion, and created the planets that make up our universe today.