Friday, May 29, 2009

Iraq-born teen cracks maths puzzle - In Ouagadougou?

Note: There is a picture associated with the below news item on Yahoo News featuring the hand of a woman math teacher.

What does a teacher in Ouagadougou (the capital of Burkina Faso) got to do with the Iraqi student who should have been shown instead? So much for some western media's contorted reporting!

"A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden has cracked a maths puzzle that has stumped experts for more than 300 years, Swedish media reported on Thursday.

In just four months, Mohamed Altoumaimi has found a formula to explain and simplify the so-called Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of calculations named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli, the Dagens Nyheter daily said.
Altoumaimi, who came to Sweden six years ago, said teachers at his high school in Falun, central Sweden were not convinced about his work at first.
"When I first showed it to my teachers, none of them thought the formula I had written down really worked," Altoumaimi told the Falu Kuriren newspaper.
He then got in touch with professors at Uppsala University, one of Sweden's top institutions, to ask them to check his work.
After going through his notebooks, the professors found his work was indeed correct and offered him a place in Uppsala.
But for now, Altoumaimi is focusing on his school studies and plans to take summer classes in advanced mathematics and physics this year."
Iraq-born teen cracks maths puzzle, May 28, 2009