Dailymail? Seriously bbw?
I went to that link and probably got enough dosage of supermarket tabloid for the next 5 years within my first 10 seconds there.
You, sir, have clearly never taken a Baruch MFE "refresher" seminar... :p
Schadenfreude would be where, say, they had genuine ability and then couldn't actualise it.
I find it difficult to claim that a twelve-year-old autistic kid "deserves" anything (good or bad) that happens to him. Not to get philosophical or anything. "Deserve" is an emotionally loaded term, especially in the context of watching someone fall from fame, and even though you are now applying it to the kid's relationship to the media, your first statement made it sound like it applied only to poor little Jake.But in these cases they are just media-created "geniuses," with little inherent talent, who promptly fade from view when there is something else to distract the public with.
If the only thing you're really jabbing at here is media sensation, then we have nothing to argue about. At best he's just another prodigy, at worst it's...what did you say?...bollocks.
What exactly do we mean by prodigy anyway?
It's claimed that Einstein's IQ was about 160, or even 180, but the guy has never taken a single IQ test. One thing we do know about him is that he "mastered" (in his own word) differential and integral calculus by age 15. Now, are we going to say you need a radically high IQ to start learning calculus, or any other advanced topics, at that age?
I have no idea [what my IQ is]. People who boast about their IQ are losers.
A bit off topic but one reason I believe we don't see more people who have deep interests in math starting out at a much eariler age is simply because of public schooling. Could you imagine if the car industry was a government monopoly?
I learned calculus at age 14... is that too old to be put in a newspaper...
I only learnt div, curl, and gradient at age 15.In all these popular accounts ("He had an IQ of 8500 and learnt calculus while still in nappies"), they never specify how much calculus. Did he learn merely to mechanically differentiate a polynomial function? Or did he understand the differentiation and integration of transcendental functions like e, ln, sin, and cos? Could he integrate by parts, by substitution, by trig substitution, by reduction of order? Could he partially differentiate and multiply integrate? Did he understand the various convergence tests for power series? Could he solve simple ODEs? Did he understand div, curl, grad?