12-Year-Old Boy Genius
In the recent article of TIME magazine, we are introduced to Jacob Barnett, who is not your average 12-year-old boy. Instead of attending middle school like the rest of his peers, he is being recruited by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for a paid research position. Similar to Einstein and the famous Theory of Relativity, Barnett has his own theory and even wrote his theory out and explained it with a video his mother posted to YouTube. Barnett’s theory is a legitimate one since professors at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey have watched the video explaining his theory and agree that he is on the track to disproving Einstein’s popular theory.
From a young age, Jacob Barnett has always been special. At the age of two he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome since he did not speak until then and it was assumed that Jacob would struggle greatly in school. However, Jacob soon proved everyone wrong when he began solving 5,000 piece puzzles when he was just three years old. Jacob graduated high school at the age of eight and taught himself calculus, geometry, and algebra in just two weeks.
I cannot imagine the amount of pressure that Jacob feels to try to prove Einstein’s famous theory is incorrect. When I was twelve years old I was not worrying about school and theory of relativity. I was more concerned about hanging out with my friends and watching TV. To think that Jacob is trying to do the impossible at twelve and that he has already graduated high school, and took college level courses is amazing. His parents are encouraging him to express himself instead of trying to get their son to act like other boys his age. His parents are using the technological advances that their son is exposed to, to help with his research which is something Einstein did not have. To think that Einstein’s theory could be proven wrong by a twelve-year-old boy, makes the most tedious tasks seem doable.