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 Post subject: Teenager solves old math problem
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 11:40 pm 
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STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant, who figured out a solution to a complex maths puzzle, was not the first person to come up with a successful formula, Sweden's Uppsala University said in a statement Thursday.

Swedish media, including the website of the Dagens Nyheter daily, reported Thursday that Mohamed Altoumaimi had 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 Falu Kuriren newspaper, which ran the original story, said Altoumaimi was the first person to crack the puzzle and had enlisted the help of a senior lecturer at Uppsala University to check his formula.

But a statement published on the university's website said the reports were inaccurate.

"Senior lecturer Jan-Aake Lindhal verified the formula, but added that although correct, it was well known and readily available in several databases," the statement said.

The Falu Kuriren also reported Altoumaimi had been offered a place at Uppsala once he finishes high school, but the institution denied this was the case.

"The student... has not been admitted to Uppsala University," the statement said.

Altoumaimi, who came to Sweden six years ago, is currently at high school in Falun, central Sweden and plans to take summer classes in advanced mathematics and physics this year.


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 Post subject: Iraq-born teen cracks maths puzzle
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 12:09 am 
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Iraq-born teen cracks maths puzzle
Thu May 28, 8:41 am ET


STOCKHOLM (AFP) – 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.

"I wanted to be a researcher in physics or mathematics; I really like those subjects. But I have to improve in English and social sciences," he told the Falu Kuriren.


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I've heard of the Bernoulli sequence, but I'm not really familiar with the specifics. Obviously, it's not in the same league as Pythagorean Theorem/quadratic equation type stuff... and any answer that requires multiple notebooks and stumps your math teacher is a hell of an accomplishment. :tup


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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 1:26 am 
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Jim and I both posted the same story within a few minutes of each other, so I merged them to the same thread.


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I am a fan of the Fibinnachi sequence and Pythagora. The other cool one was the prime number machine. Some Canadian had the worlds largest prime number for a small cup of coffee.

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thinlizzy wrote:
I am a fan of the Fibinnachi sequence and Pythagora. The other cool one was the prime number machine. Some Canadian had the worlds largest prime number for a small cup of coffee.

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In high school, I was always more of a fan of the 6-pack algorithm. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 1:09 am 
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RockHard wrote:
thinlizzy wrote:
I am a fan of the Fibinnachi sequence and Pythagora. The other cool one was the prime number machine. Some Canadian had the worlds largest prime number for a small cup of coffee.

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In high school, I was always more of a fan of the 6-pack algorithm. :wink:


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Amen to that Steve. In high school, sometimes I'd sit in the back row and scratch my "fibinnachi". :lol:

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alsworms wrote:
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thinlizzy wrote:
I am a fan of the Fibinnachi sequence and Pythagora. The other cool one was the prime number machine. Some Canadian had the worlds largest prime number for a small cup of coffee.

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In high school, I was always more of a fan of the 6-pack algorithm. :wink:


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Amen to that Steve. In high school, sometimes I'd sit in the back row and scratch my "fibinnachi". :lol:


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Here's the only math problem I know:

Q: What's a "77?"

A: It's like a "69" but you get ate (8) more!


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bildo wrote:
Here's the only math problem I know:

Q: What's a "77?"

A: It's like a "69" but you get ate (8) more!


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Oh God.........here we go...........



The speed limit of sex is 68 because at 69..................you eat it. :lol:

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alsworms wrote:
bildo wrote:
Here's the only math problem I know:

Q: What's a "77?"

A: It's like a "69" but you get ate (8) more!


:lol:




Oh God.........here we go...........



The speed limit of sex is 68 because at 69..................you eat it. :lol:


I though "68" was code for:

Do me now... and I'll owe you one... :gig:


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