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12 Year Old Genius Tutors Graduate Students
Have you ever put the two words "down-syndrome" and "genius" in the same sentence? In some very rare cases, down-syndrome can actually improve your learning capabilities. One of the most fascinating examples of this right now lies in the brain of a young 12 year old child with an interest in physics and mathematics. Although Jacob Barnett's focus could have moved in different directions, his love for physics inspired him, not only read elementary books on mechanics, but also learn and study quantum mechanics.
Before we can know what the study of quantum mechanics is, we must first understand wave-particle duality. Although the phrase seems difficult, the definition is really not. It basically states that all matter exhibits wave properties and particle properties. This is basically the main concept of quantum mechanics, but the actual study of quantum mechanics goes a little farther. It is the study of the mathematical understandings of both the wave and particle properties of matter and energy. This form of physics and mathematics is a graduate level study of matter and energy. If you are unable to comprehend quantum physics, think about what this little boy can do.
When Jake Barnett decided he was interested in physics and mathematics, he sat down and tried to learn the basics. In a matter of 2 weeks, Jake was able to teach himself geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. In merely 2 weeks, Jake was able to fully understand 4 topics that generally take a normal high school and college student about 4 semesters of daily classes. Jake's IQ is an outstanding 170 which is actually higher than that of Albert Einstein.
Here is a video of Jake explaining Calculus on the window of his house as if it were nothing.
A Normal Kid
Although you may suspect that Jake is more of a useful tool, he is actually more like you and me. He currently has a girl friend and is very interested in playing video games such as Halo: Reach. He has a loving family and a dog that seems nice. The only actual difference between him and everyone else is his ability to learn and his interests in certain fields.
Jake is currently being offered a paid research position at Purdue University and is also currently in the process of attempting to disprove Einstein's theory on the Big Bang. We will see where he ends up in the next 10 to 15 years and hope that he has valuable inputs in the scientific world.