Teen Solves Math Mystery

A 16 year old Iraqi immigrant in Sweden has cracked a three hundred year old math puzzle.

The local newspaper “Falu kuriren” reports that it took Mohamed Altoumainmi just four months to explain and simplify the Bernoulli numbers. The problem has stumped experts since the 17th century.

The teen, who came to Sweden six years ago, says that when his high school teachers were unconvinced about his work, he showed it to professors at Uppsala University. After checking his notebooks, they offered him at spot at the school.

But the 16 year old says he wants to finish high school first, and plans to take advanced courses in math and physics this summer.     

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