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17-Year-Old Wins Intel's $100K Science Prize

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the boy-genius dept.

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autospa writes "A California teenager who cracked a complex mathematical equation has been awarded the Intel Science Talent Search's $100,000 first-place prize. Evan O'Dorney, 17, won the prize for 'his mathematical project in which he compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer. [He] discovered precisely when the faster way would work,' Intel announced Wednesday."

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Breaking Stereotypes (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507464)

This 17 year-old is breaking age stereotypes. I applaud that someone this old is still contributing to the field of mathematics. Kudos you old man!

(insert obligatory XKCD here)

Re:Breaking Stereotypes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507544)

(insert obligatory XKCD here)

Yes?

Re:Breaking Stereotypes (4, Informative)

hoytak (1148181) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507884)

Re:Breaking Stereotypes (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507586)

(insert obligatory XKCD here)

http://xkcdsucks.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

Re:Breaking Stereotypes (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507712)

(insert obligatory XKCD here)

http://xkcdsucks.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

Link contains malware, om. Vy 73!

U jelly? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507722)

Those who can't create, critique. Making an entire blog dedicated to hating on one web comic stinks of envy. You are not Randall Monroe. You were not a NASA roboticist, programmer, and famous web comic author by the age of twenty six. You can not support yourself through your art. You do not own your own successful business. You are a failure, and like failures everywhere, you seek to destroy success in others. Sad.

Re:U jelly? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508292)

Or maybe I didn't create the site, don't read it, and am just offering a lighthearted counter-balance to the fawning praise XKCD unjustly receives from nerds because someone put a mathematical equation into a stick figure webcomic, your post being a perfect example.

Most people enjoy criticising things they see as over-rated, especially when it is deemed to represent the subculture to which they belong. Critics the world over do it for fun and profit. I don't call you a failure for your views about reality televison or Paris Hilton, so spare us the fucking sanctimony.

Re:U jelly? (0)

MichaelKristopeit330 (1963782) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508418)

ignorant hypocrite is ignorant hypocrite.

cower some more, feeb.

you're completely pathetic.

Re:Breaking Stereotypes (2)

bigredradio (631970) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507894)

He is also from Boston and likes to drink beer and get into fights with his friends. The boy is "wicked smart".

Re:Breaking Stereotypes (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508192)

Sorry but what are these 'friends'?

The poor guy is homeschooled!

Whatever the advantages of good supervision in the home are, they are outweighed by the lack of day long interaction with others.

Re:Breaking Stereotypes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508404)

Movie references. How do they work?

Re:Breaking Stereotypes (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508308)

Now Intel can ship a patch to Windows, so that the sqrt() function of the FPU in their CPU's will calculate correctly.

That must have been _hard_! (-1, Troll)

DriedClexler (814907) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507474)

Wow, he set two computation time expressions equal to each other and solved for the problem size! That is *so* difficult and deserving of a $100k prize!

Re:That must have been _hard_! (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507550)

You're an idiot if you think that's what he actually won for. Here's an abstract of his work: http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/4/3/5/0/2/p435027_index.html

Re:That must have been _hard_! (1)

MichaelKristopeit401 (1976824) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507566)

the truth = troll.

slashdot = stagnated.

Re:That must have been _hard_! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507898)

MichaelKristopeit = very small penis.

Re:That must have been _hard_! (1)

MichaelKristopeit402 (1978292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508056)

ur mum's face = very small penis.

why do you cower in my shadow? what are you afraid of?

you're completely pathetic.

Re:That must have been _hard_! (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508150)

Um, a person who didn't bother to read the work critiquing the work is a troll. Get over yourself.

Re:That must have been _hard_! (1)

MichaelKristopeit403 (1978294) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508206)

are you talking to yourself again?

you're an ignorant hypocrite.

the number theory behind computing square roots is well established.

you're an idiot.

Re:That must have been _hard_! (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508242)

Yes, and Evan proved a method for deciding when to use which method to decrease the amount of time a computer has to spend doing a square root.

Re:That must have been _hard_! (1)

MichaelKristopeit400 (1972448) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508378)

the BEST method for computing a square root will NEVER include deciding which method to use first.

do you need me to prove that for you? can you spell "latency"?

"doing a square root"??? you're an idiot.

Re:That must have been _hard_! (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508412)

Ok, since you want to deride his contribution to mathematics, where is your math degree? What exceptional things did you do before becoming an adult. If you can't best him, then don't slam him.

Re:That must have been _hard_! (2)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507596)

Oh look, it's one of the i-did-not-come-up-with-it-myself-at-that-age-and-so-it-is-no-good crowd!

Sorry. I'm just really noticing lately the how stereotypical the kneejerk negative replies that we see here.

Here are the basic templates they seem to follow thus far:

  • I didn't think of this idea, so it sucks [also known as "I won't admit that I'm envious at not having thought of this idea, and so I will point out how it sucks"]
  • I did think of this idea 10 years ago!
  • I don't see the point, therefore it will flop.
  • I thought of a really obvious flaw that invalidates this entire concept - surely the engineers/inventors/etc didn't think of THAT one first!

charity? (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit500 (2018072) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507494)

should slashdot let everyone know when AMD donates a few thousand dollars to the national science foundation?

the project is not significant.

Re:charity? (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit500 (2018072) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507552)

the truth = troll.

slashdot = stagnated

Re:charity? (1)

tophermeyer (1573841) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507604)

the truth = troll.

Who let Charlie Sheen in here?

Re:charity? (2)

Fibe-Piper (1879824) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507632)

I resent the idea that Mr. Sheen now owns the word troll. Slashdot has owned that term forever.

Re:charity? (1)

MichaelKristopeit401 (1976824) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507794)

i am michael kristopeit.

you're an ignorant hypocrite.

Re:charity? (2)

Cstryon (793006) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508190)

Way off topic, and I could be feeding trolls, but I just can't help it.

Michael Kristopeit, number 401 or 269 or enter some set of numbers, is always doing this negative comment, slashdot = stagnant crap. But yet, this guy has a great number of usernames. Seriously?!? Just go somewhere else. In case you didn't notice, nobody likes you.

"slashdot = stagnated" = Michael Kristopeit has nothing better to do.

Now for on topic. I love to hear about genius kids. One day this kid could be doing a lot of good for man-kind. I wonder how many other kids his age, or even younger, are currently using their brain. Whether for good now, or just for fun that could end up being good later. Just awesome.

Re:charity? (1)

MichaelKristopeit403 (1978294) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508320)

who is "nobody"?

you are NOTHING.

cower with your ignorant hypocrisy in my shadow behind your chosen pseudonym some more, feeb.

nobody IS you.

Re:charity? (1)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508218)

Chaaaaarlieeeeeee, come with us to Candy Mountain, Charlie!

Re:charity? (0)

MichaelKristopeit404 (1978298) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508336)

why do you cower in my shadow behind your chosen spent energy based pseudonym? what are you afraid of?

you're completely pathetic.

Re:charity? (2)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508448)

Oh, no Charlie! We're not afraid of you, Charlie! We just want you to come to Candy Mountain with us, it'll be an adventure! Yeah, Charlie, Candy Mountain. It's a land of sweets and joy...and joyness.

Re:charity? (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508160)

Very nice. Vatican Assassin Warlocks!

Re:charity? (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507702)

Then ignore the article and move on... Or be a troll. Your choice.

Re:charity? (1)

MichaelKristopeit402 (1978292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507810)

um mum's face be a troll

you're an ignorant hypocrite.

cower in my shadow behind your chosen pseudonym some more, feeb.

you're completely pathetic.

Home-schooled nonetheless (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507514)

No doubt the news of this award will be used to further condemn our public schools system as a failure.

Re:Home-schooled nonetheless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507634)

with good reason

Re:Home-schooled nonetheless (3, Funny)

NoSleepDemon (1521253) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507760)

Considering how many people live in America, it's almost a statistical certainty that one of them may be smart.

spelling bee champ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507520)

Is that the Evan O'Dorney that Kiran Chetry interviewed for being spelling bee champ?

I wish I got a prize when I finished my... (1)

noobermin (1950642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507532)

expression interpreter when i was 15. Didn't really work, but boohoo :(

Also won national spelling bee (4, Informative)

Yold (473518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507534)

He won the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee also.

Re:Also won national spelling bee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507616)

So he can spell and do advanced math? That's unpossible!

Re:Also won national spelling bee (2)

nthitz (840462) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507642)

I recognized his name immediately. After all he taught me how to spell it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRZNQ06kWyc [youtube.com] [Kiran Chetry CNN Spelling Champ interview - hilarious]

Re:Also won national spelling bee (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507806)

Are we looking at a serial competition-enterer?

Reminds me of the holder of the Guinness World Record for attention-whoring, Ashrita Furman [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Also won national spelling bee (1)

JW CS (1593833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507940)

Are we looking at a serial competition-enterer?

It takes a tremendous amount of preparation to do well the the National Spelling Bee. Given that he won that competition as well as this one, I think it is much more likely that he is a highly intelligent, motivated young man.

Re:Also won national spelling bee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508222)

Nice to see you on Slashdot, Evan.

Re:Also won national spelling bee (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508316)

heck of a job enabling there, blair1q!

Re:Also won national spelling bee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508230)

After watching that video, he'll need that $100K because he'll never get laid without it.

Re:Also won national spelling bee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508076)

I was really surprised that he's white. Not to be too stereotypical, but overachievers in america seem to be disproportionately of east-asian or south-asian descent. Nothing wrong with that, I'm glad they're here.

Maybe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507562)

Maybe he could use some of that hundred grand to finally get laid.

Re:Maybe... (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507720)

You're just angry because someone similar to this is your boss, and/or stole your girlfriend.

Also high placer in International Math Olympiad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507650)

Evan O'Dorney is a well-known face in mathematics. Last year he took second place in an international competition for high school students: http://www.imo-official.org/participant_r.aspx?id=18028

Haters gonna hate (3, Insightful)

Palmsie (1550787) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507658)

There is a whole lot of hate in the above comments. Especially within a website that values science, math, and technology, why should he be shunned? We need more people who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices (e.g. social, monetary, etc) to devote all of their energy toward progressing humanity forward.

Good for him. Keep it up. Go invent something even better. And next time, bring some people along with you so even more people can see the value in science and the scientific process. It's a shame that society doesn't value these walks of life when they govern everything we do in the modern world.

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507716)

The hate is directed at the entry at a fundamental level. He deserves a pat on the back, but "teenager wins competition for teenagers" doesn't exactly merit a ./ nod.

Re:Haters gonna hate (2)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507744)

Apparently it does, because you're reading /. and here it is....

Re:Haters gonna hate (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507824)

The hate is directed at the entry at a fundamental level. He deserves a pat on the back, but "teenager wins competition for teenagers" doesn't exactly merit a ./ nod.

Why not? He accomplished something in the field of mathematics.

If that isn't "news for nerds", then I don't know what is -- it's far more interesting than hearing that Taco visited Lucasfilm but can't tell us anything about it other than a showing picture of him in front of a Yoda statue.

I think the problem is us pseudo-nerds. (1)

MickLinux (579158) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508062)

Yeah, I once was a nerd.

But then life happened.

Now, I'm not. In fact, I can't even understand the abstract.

Well, maybe I could if I tried hard enough. But right now, I can't.

Maybe there are others like me out there, who still think we can hang out at slashdot, and.... ... oh darn.... [MickLinux, still not ready for time.com, heads to CNN.com to see Clark Howard. Keeping razorblades sharp is about as nerdy as he can handle anymore]

Re:Haters gonna hate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508330)

News for nerds? Please. This site isn't about nerds anymore.

I can prove it to you. Go to the news stories of about a month ago and look for any postings dealing with math and science. Now find postings from the same day that deal with politics, entertainment or MS bashing. See which ones get the most responses.
 
Oh, BTW, watch out for science stories that are peppered with about 100 posts that mention some crappy old meme from Star Wars. We just had one of these the other day about the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Fanbois and retards couldn't help but cawing on about how Mamas looked like the death star. There were probably more posts about that than anything dealing with the real subject matter at hand.

Re:Haters gonna hate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508440)

You fool. We all love Apple now. Microsoft is not so bad anymore. Linux still sucks.

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507842)

...doesn't exactly merit a ./ nod.

Indeed, what an insult it is to we Slashdotters, Titans of Knowledge, Defenders of Pedantry, Keepers of the Sacred Nerd Ways to blemish our dear, pure website with the presences of such an intellectual peon. Surely we, the Leaders of the Free World of Intelligent Discourse deserve to not be distracted by such petty intellectual achievements.

Now we have an entire thread where we will have to discuss the merits of recognizing intelligence in youth, rather than addressing more important public concerns, like the appropriate temperature standard that should be applied to Natalie Portman's hot gritz, or the necessary calibration parameters of the lasers we have already mounted on sharks' heads.

What a shallow and pedantic story this is indeed!

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508044)

If I had won a $100K prize for my math at that age, I would have interpreted any criticism as jealousy. And I would have been right.

I say, good for him. If he doesn't forget that there's more to life than math and competitions, he'll be fine. I am jealous.

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507734)

It's pretty sad when people troll "news for nerds" to ridicule nerds...

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507778)

I'm sure his raw mathematical talent exceeds mine, but he's still mathematically naive. From the Mathematical Association of America [maa.org] :

“Math is neat: A statement is either true or false,” O’Dorney says. “In science, any theory can be overturned by experiment because science is founded on experiment. But in math, there are theorems that can never be overturned because they have been proved with logic.”

I don't really see much value in celebrating geniuses of this sort - clearly mentally (or physically) gifted winners of prize X, Y, Z. It's like celebrating a particular race - you were born that way, and you can either rejoice that you're like that and have the opportunity for fame and fortune, or you can get depressed that you're not.

I prefer celebrating the love of learning and hard work for the sake of advancement of humanity. There are lots of people who fit this goal, and maybe O'Dorney will reach that status. But he's not there yet.

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

retchdog (1319261) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507890)

it may be more economically efficient (and thus advance humanity further) to celebrate geniuses of this sort. we are getting to the point where the aggregate value of fairly, but not very, intelligent people is diminishing quickly. the next labor movement might be of rank-and-file scientists and engineers.

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507968)

we are getting to the point where the aggregate value of fairly, but not very, intelligent people is diminishing quickly.

I hear that a lot. Are you sure it's not just that we're at the point where "everyone gets an A and everyone gets a university education", so it appears that there are lots of fairly intelligent people but they're all mysteriously unable to compete for highly challenging work?

Since Thatcher turned polytechnics into universities in the UK, the cynic's view here has been that pushing people into meaningless higher education has just been a way to keep unemployment figures down and make it harder for anyone but the very best to shine (aka erosion of middle class).

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

retchdog (1319261) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508106)

that also plays a part, but keep in mind that not everyone gets a university education in science or engineering. also, the merely moderately above-average are subject to market pressures almost as much as the average.

admittedly, there is a sort of cultural decay (in the US at least) where hard work appears to be optional and thus awful; real money is perceived to come out of ruthlessness coupled with a mystical (i mean that in the worst possible way) "cleverness". now, if real success hinges on this mystical component anyway, why work?

still, yes, i think there is a weird adaptation taking place as humanity looks for new horizons, and most of us are just catastrophically ill-suited for it. the future lies in abstraction and generalizable metaphors. for one example, if you look at the Putnam exams from the 1960s, they were challenging (to me) but totally reasonable "shadow of the flagpole"-type problems. nowadays, they are much more abstract and esoteric, to say the least; even the 90th-percentile needs to train specifically for them in order to have a real chance.

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508038)

So what you are saying is that you would prefer intel give you money for having read some math papers?

Re:Haters gonna hate (1)

story645 (1278106) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508430)

I think he just hasn't been exposed to much math and science above a high school (and sometimes undergrad) level, which *shock, horror, gasp* is to be expected of a high schooler, even one who's done some cool work and has the potential to do some really cool work in the field. I don't see the problem with saying celebrating achievements in science or math, especially considering that we readily celebrate achievements in the arts.

Hey, I know that guy! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507662)

My son competed in the national "Who Wants to be a Mathematician" competition for high school students in New Orleans last January. (He was one of ten contestants, so we were proud.) Evan O'Dorney was the defending champion, and he won the event pretty handily. (My son came within one question (!) of competing against him in the final round, btw.)

I spoke briefly with Evan at the competition. Definitely a strange personality -- Asperger's or high-functioning autistic or something. He seemed pretty nice, though, and his explanations of how he got his answers were very clear and concise. Glad to see he's making a name for himself.

I believe he also won the national spelling bee when he was, like, ten or something.

Re:Hey, I know that guy! (3, Interesting)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507994)

for some reason that story reminded me of this quote from Good Will Hunting.

Sean: Hey, Gerry, In the 1960s there was a young man that graduated from the University of Michigan. Did some brilliant work in mathematics. Specifically bounded harmonic functions. Then he went on to Berkeley. He was assistant professor. Showed amazing potential. Then he moved to Montana, and blew the competition away.
Lambeau: Yeah, so who was he?
Sean: Ted Kaczynski.

I hope he does well.

A more reliable source perhaps? (3, Informative)

sirdude (578412) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507678)

The link in the article seems to be from some sort of spammy ad/link farm. This [mercurynews.com] might be a little authentic.

At 17, Danville's Evan O'Dorney already has won the National Spelling Bee and a gold medal at an international math Olympiad, meeting two presidents along the way. On Tuesday, he claimed the triple-crown: the coveted Intel Science Talent Search's $100,000 top prize.

Re:A more reliable source perhaps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507788)

Looks like a talented guy. Hope he makes something of it in his future, rather than resign himself to making the big money in finance. Sniff sniff...

Re:A more reliable source perhaps? (0, Troll)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508104)

Perhaps he could have a rewarding career in engineering, advancing the future by inventing new ways to kill third worlders

Re:A more reliable source perhaps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508298)

That's what I did when I won the contest around 10 years ago (may or may be exactly 10 years). I wrote some derivative software, then invested the $100,000 into some real money.

I no longer live in the United States.

Oi (1)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507682)

Hopefully his parents have no access to any of it and he invests it properly when he gets 18, although he's probably set for life in whatever career choice he wants.

Congrats to him for sure!

When you turn 18 if you need a stay at home dad I'm there!

Re:Oi (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507762)

Hopefully his parents have no access to any of it and he invests it properly when he gets 18, although he's probably set for life in whatever career choice he wants.

Just how much do you think $100K is?

Sure, it will likely go a long way to paying for his education, which means he won't be paying for that for the rest of his life.

But, really, $100K doesn't make you 'set for life'. It gives him a bit of a leg up, and having won the award it likely increases his chances of getting into a good school

Re:Oi (1)

bunratty (545641) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507796)

It's his leet skillz that have him set for life. That's why he's probably okay even if his parents squander the measly $100K.

Re:Oi (1)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508262)

Yea I was referring to his skill-set which will make him attain whatever position he wants.

Re:Oi (1)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507798)

"although he's probably set for like in whatever career choice he wants" I didn't expect you to RTFA, but you could at least read the comment of the person you're responding to

Re:Oi (0)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507896)

I didn't expect you to RTFA, but you could at least read the comment of the person you're responding to

Oh, I did RTFA. Before I posted in fact. And I read the parent I replied to ... however, you'll notice that your quote of "although he's probably set for like in whatever career choice he wants" is wrong, indicating you didn't read my post either.

Having demonstrated this kind of brain-power, he has a good chance of pursuing whatever career takes his fancy. But, the $100K doesn't make him "set for life" (or "set for like" ... possibly "set for stun", but it's too early to determine that).

Did you actually have a point?

Re:Oi (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508058)

When poster said "set for life", they meant exactly that he has a good chance of successfully pursuing whatever career takes his fancy, it was not a reference to the 100 thousand dollars.

Re:Oi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508156)

You, sir, are a first-rate jackass. Fortunately, you're not the insufferable kind: you're plainly misunderstanding the discussion and are in the wrong.

OP neither stated nor implied the $100k you're rambling about will do anything to "set him for life." The claim was that, being an intelligent young man, he'll have his choice of various career options that will set him for life, the $100k notwithstanding.

A question always comes to mind when dealing with some who acts like you over the internet. Are you really a completely self-centered and smug jackass, or are you just a troll? It's hard to believe anyone of reasonable intelligence would behave in a manner such as you do here, with your utter contempt of anyone who so dares as question whether you may have misunderstood something. I'll just assume you're a second-rate troll; if I'm wrong, hopefully the fact that you have this outward appearance to others will hurt your ego enough to get you to act like a reasonable human being.

Re:Oi (-1, Troll)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508208)

LOL. Do you have a tiny penis?

Boo hoo, scathing comments from an AC. I shall now go weep in solitude and ponder how my life has gone horribly awry.

Re:Oi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507930)

He's going to Harvard, so he'll need ever cent of that just for tuition! :)

The work? (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507704)

How about a link to the proof or the project? That's the part that interests the inner geek in me.

What new marvel will he perform next? (2)

snowmenr4ever (1099343) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507732)

Learn how to drive. On a more serious note, the actual formula is 4d{+2}/k-d{+2}. He's done a bunch of theoretical math. Kudos to him http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-03-05/news/28661918_1_graphing-calculator-international-math-olympiad-stanford-university-math [sfgate.com]

Did the same when I was 17 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507748)

I asked the question "What is the square-root of 69?"
The answer was "8-something".

Re:Did the same when I was 17 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507936)

I asked the question "What is the square-root of 69?"

The real answer is "you'll never know."

So where is the Paper? (3, Insightful)

xophos (517934) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507820)

When i try to read more than the abstract, they want some kind of login.
Please next time spare us the teasing and ignore news without content.

Be very careful dude! (4, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507882)

You're living at home, minding your own business and playing lots of computer games - then you go and solve some really hard math puzzle. Next thing you know, you're billions of light years from earth on a broken down starship, with no way to get home and lots of people trying to kill you! It's not worth it...

Re:Be very careful dude! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507978)

You're living at home, minding your own business and playing lots of computer games - then you go and solve some really hard math puzzle. Next thing you know, you're billions of light years from earth on a broken down starship, with no way to get home and lots of people trying to kill you! It's not worth it...

Hilarious.... too bad it's cancelled now. :(

Re:Be very careful dude! (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508302)

Careful, some TV exec might catch on to that idea and make a horrible series out of it!

Re:Be very careful dude! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508362)

I'm showing my age - I thought "Last Starfighter" first.

the 3rd way is always the fastest estimate (1)

a2wflc (705508) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508134)

int EstimateSquareRoot(int val) { return 1;}

Oh, you wanted a good estimate. nevermind.

Calculus (2)

Nukedoom (1776114) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508194)

He's home schooled and studied Calculus at UC Berkeley when he was around 13.

access (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508390)

Its all about access to education. I tried desperately when I was 12 to find out how to calculate a square root by hand. I asked my math teacher, my brother's highschool math teacher, the encyclopedia, the local library, and even when I got to highschool my math teacher who taught high-level calculus at the local community college. None of them ever gave me a straight answer; I'm fairly certain they didn't know. I couldn't find a good lead on the answer on the internet either (there was no amazon or wikipedia or google). Though at 12, I was able to find enough information on 3d rotational matrices and teach myself assembly language to write some pretty cool stuff ala The Assembly Competition... so I certainly was capable of learning... it wasn't for lack of trying.

To the winner, I have 1 thing to say! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508400)

"GOOD JOB KIDDO!"

(The world today needs more "whiz-kids" like you, ones that value & excel via education & thus, progress (personal @ first, & then? Then, you can makes WAVES of change with it (good change))).

Nobody can "b.s. you"/"pull the wool over your eyes" (especially with 1/2 truths or pure "disinformation" either), once you're educated also... this is perhaps, the best part!

APK

P.S.=> There's those that are "armchair QB's" (that don't even "sit on the sidelines" even) out there, too many imo... & sure, they surely act as "great critics" but, those same "armchair QB's" haven't done squat themselves to better the human condition, & then by way of "contrast & compare"? Yes, there's kids like this kid is, thank goodness... I think the kid should be proud of himself, personally! apk

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