16-year-old boy solves 305-year-old Newtonian puzzle
Shouryya Ray, 16, attending a high school in Dresden, Germany, has solved a differential equation that unknots a fundamental problem in particle dynamics and may be used to predict the flight path of a ball bouncing off a wall.
The report said Ray had developed an analytical solution for a particle dynamics problem of Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727) that had until now been addressed through numerical solutions using computers that yielded results based on approximations
He first got the mathematical riddle from professors during his school trip to Dresden University. However, he attempted to solve it, believing that there was nothing to lose even if he failed.
“I just asked myself, 'Why not?'” he said. “I didn’t believe there couldn’t be a solution,” the paper reported
His father has already known about the genius of Ray. “His knowledge has already surpassed mine,” said his father who had taught him mathematics since he was six years old.
He plans to take high school graduation exam this week, two years earlier than same-age boys. He also has linguistic talent enough to speak German fluently four years after he went there, accompanying his father who is an engineer.