12-Year Old Has IQ Higher Than Einstein's, Currently Tackling The Big Bang Theory

March 30, 2011


No not the show, dummy.

12-year old Jake Barnett has Asperger's Syndrome and an IQ of 170 (~10 points higher than Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking). He takes collegiate astrophysics classes for breakfast. Okay, not actually for breakfast (Eggos FTW!), but he does take them.

Barnett has always been a bright bulb. At age three, he was solving 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles while the rest of us were still drooling. Those advanced astrophysics classes? He also provides tutoring for them. He already has a paid gig lined up performing research at Indiana University

Princeton University's Scott Tremaine even emailed the family to say, "The theory that he's working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics. Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize."

So, will Jake solve some of the most profound equations known to man, or turn to drugs and alcohol like the rest of us budding geniuses? "GW -- I've SEEN your IQ score -- 69 is hardly genius." *snicker* "What?" I scored that on purpose.

Hit the jump for two videos, the first of which is Jake talking about the Big Bang theory (NOT SHELDON AND THOSE OTHER GUYS) and the second, a much longer one about trig integrals (f*** if I know).

This 12-year-old could be our next Einstein, solve the Big Bang [dvice]

Thanks to Claire, nick, Scoobz and Justin, who can't even solve the riddles on Laffy Taffy wrappers. Kidding guys, I'm just projecting because I'm stuck on a really hard one. Here, maybe you can help: what building has the most stories? "The library." SONOFA!

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