Forget what you know | Jacob Barnett | TEDxTeen
Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years
old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI.
After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his
school’s special ed. program, Jacob’s teachers and doctors were
astonished to learn he was able to teach calculus to college students.
At age nine, while playing with shapes, Jacob built a series of
mathematical models that expanded Einstein’s field of relativity. A
professor at Princeton reviewed his work and confirmed that it was
groundbreaking and could someday result in a Nobel Prize.
At age 10,
Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college
student and went straight into a paid research position in the field of
condensed matter physics. For his original work in this field, Jacob set
a record, becoming the world’s youngest astrophysics researcher.
paper was subsequently accepted for publication by Physical Review A, a
scientific journal shared on sites such as NASA, the Smithsonian, and
Harvard’s webpage. Jacob’s work aims to help improve the way light
travels in technology.
Jacob is also CEO and founder of Wheel LLC, a business he started in his
mom’s garage, and is in the process of writing a book to help end “math
phobia” in his generation.
Jacob’s favorite pastime is playing basketball with the kids at his
charity, Jacob’s Place. It is a place where kids with autism are
inspired every day to be their true authentic selves…just like Jacob.