Teen Solves Newton’s 350-Year-Old Riddle
16-year-old Shouryya Ray just solved a problem that have baffled mathematicians for 300 years.
Sir Isaac Newton decided to pose a mathematical riddle a few centuries ago. After more than a few years of frustrated mathematicians, a teen just won a research award for devising a solution to calculate the projectile path under the effects of air resistance.
As if that’s not enough, Shouryya also decided to solve a second mathematical puzzle related to the collision of matter with a solid wall.
“When it was explained to us that the problems had no solutions, I thought to myself: well, there’s no harm in trying,” the brilliant teen said.
Shouryya was born in India, but moved to Germany when he was 12. The teen explained that his father instilled his “hunger for mathematics”, teaching him calculus when he was six.
“Ray’s accomplishment is impressive and we are particularly proud of his background as it highlights the achievements of migrants across language and cultural barriers,” said the Youth Research Foundation.
“He never discussed his project with me before it was finished,” Shouryya’s dad said proudly. “The mathematics he used are far beyond my reach.”
With all these young geniuses, all the world’s riddles would be solved in another few years.