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Encouragement for Homeschooling Mom's

Posted by on May. 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI. After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his school's special ed. program, Jacob's teachers and doctors were astonished to learn he was able to teach calculus to college students.

At age nine, while playing with shapes, Jacob built a series of mathematical models that expanded Einstein's field of relativity. A professor at Princeton reviewed his work and confirmed that it was groundbreaking and could someday result in a Nobel Prize. At age 10, Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college student and went straight into a paid research position in the field of condensed matter physics. For his original work in this field, Jacob set a record, becoming the world's youngest astrophysics researcher. His paper was subsequently accepted for publication by Physical Review A, a scientific journal shared on sites such as NASA, the Smithsonian, and Harvard's webpage. Jacob's work aims to help improve the way light travels in technology.

Jacob is also CEO and founder of Wheel LLC, a business he started in his mom's garage, and is in the process of writing a book to help end "math phobia" in his generation.

Jacob's favorite pastime is playing basketball with the kids at his charity, Jacob's Place. It is a place where kids with autism are inspired every day to be their true authentic selves...just like Jacob.

by on May. 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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kirbymom
by Sonja on May. 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

 This is truly an amazing story!  Thanks for sharing.  :)  

usmom3
by BJ on May. 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM
Wonderful!
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oredeb
by on May. 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

 is he homeschooled?

ImmiNan
by on May. 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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About five minutes into it he introduces himself. He learned from books. Says he did not learn anything in special ed. He could not learn what was taught there. That's when he stopped learning and began pursuing his own interests in thinking about shadows which prompted him towards astrophysics and math. His message is to stop learning and begin to think and use the gifts you have, whatever that may be.  Hope you watch, it is well worth it.

Boobah
by Nikki :) on May. 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM
Want to watch later.
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Saraho5
by on May. 24, 2012 at 9:44 PM
What a story!
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KickButtMama
by Shannon on May. 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM
As a mom of a special child on the Autism spectrum, i love hearing stories like this!!
Pukalani79
by Kristin on May. 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM

 Awesome

melissaoliver79
by on May. 25, 2012 at 5:12 PM

BUMP!

ImmiNan
by on May. 25, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Truly inspires me too.

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