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16-year-old solves Newton maths riddle

Posted on Monday, 28 May, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: the L

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Shouryya Ray has become the first person to solve a problem posed by Newton over 300 years ago.

The German teenager succeeded in working out the exact path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance, a problem that has baffled mathematicians for centuries. Shouryya received a research award and has been branded a "genius" by members of the media following his solution to the puzzle which he came up with as part of a school project.

"When it was explained to us that the problems had no solutions, I thought to myself, 'well, there's no harm in trying,'" he said.

"Shouryya Ray is the first person to work out how to calculate exactly the path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance, The (London) Sunday Times reported."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by king4418 on 29 May, 2012, 0:43
plus keithisco has a point. the solution is only an approximation. therefore, an opinion not cold hard fact
Comment icon #10 Posted by csspwns on 29 May, 2012, 5:09
cool now in 20 years germany will have enough mvds to destroy the whole galaxy
Comment icon #11 Posted by serial slasher on 29 May, 2012, 5:40
well if your so smart why haven't you sovled newtons equations?
Comment icon #12 Posted by BillieCalypso on 29 May, 2012, 6:09
I would've thought the way to know it's right is if it has been tried, tested, tried again, tested, compared, then eventually proven? It'd fit into the rest of physics laws. They would have tested this over and over, if it couldn't be dis proven it's fact for now. Although, it may even be altered later- science is like that, it has holes and is changeable as we grow and learn. Congrats to that kid anyway! I'm just a bit concerned what course certain areas of science and technology may take after this.
Comment icon #13 Posted by SewerRat on 29 May, 2012, 10:19
So it isn't just this then: (which has been in use for many years worldwide)
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lion6969 on 30 May, 2012, 0:15
As is your own post nothing but an opinion and not cold hard facts is it?
Comment icon #15 Posted by brizink on 30 May, 2012, 8:28
prove it punk!! ... I LOVE how the article has "GERMAN" in all caps, as if in complete surprise that a German kid could solve such an equation. Or perhaps it's to rub it in? All Germans are nerds... we get it. Not that anything is wrong with nerds, I myself am a nerdy mofo.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sreekumar on 6 June, 2012, 9:59
He is an Indian and not German..
Comment icon #17 Posted by triphala108 on 23 July, 2012, 22:30
He's Indian living in Germany. proof?
Comment icon #18 Posted by triphala108 on 24 July, 2012, 3:33
He's Indian living in Germany. proof? it even says in the article link that he cant speak german

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