Jacob Barnett, Autistic Genius Boy Who Will Disprove Einstein’s Theory
Jacob Barnett (born May 26, 1998) was diagnosed with autism at age two. Following a diagnosis of autism at age two, Jacob was subjected to a cookie cutter special education system that focused on correcting what he couldn’t do compared to normal children. For years, teachers attempted to convince Kristine Barnett that her son would only be able to learn the most basic of life skills. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoelaces.
After years of frustration and little progress, Kristine Barnett made a radical decision in the eyes of the special ed system — she took Jacob out of school and prepared him for kindergarten herself. She pulled Jacob Barnett out of school after his teacher in his special ed class told her he would never read.
He was home-schooled and now is at The Perimeter Institute. Despite the odds, Jacob found a love for the field of theoretical physics which helped to draw him out of his silent world. He was the youngest student ever in their Perimeter Scholars International program which he completed last year (2014). Jacob is currently researching Loop Quantum Gravity and Quantum Foundations at Perimeter Institute for Advanced Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada.
Since enrolling at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) at the age of 10, Barnett has flourished — astounding his professors, peers and family with his spectacular intelligence.
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 Barnett is a truly inspiration for people around the world. In an inspiring TEDx talk, Barnett urges others to “stop learning and start thinking.” The video has close to two millions views on YouTube. Check out the TEDx video below :
Jacob Barnett develops his own theory of relativity. It was only as he began to grow up that they realised just how special his gift was. He would fill up note pads of paper with drawings of complex geometrical shapes and calculations, before picking up felt tip pens and writing equations on windows. By the age of three he was solving 5,000-piece puzzles and he even studied a state road map, reciting every highway and license plate prefix from memory.
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 Barnett 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.
The teen tutors other college students in subjects like calculus and is a published scientific researcher, with an IQ higher than Albert Einstein. In fact, according to a 2011 TIME report, Jacob Barnett, who frequently tops his college classes, has asserted that he may one day disprove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Einstein was 26 when he first published his Theory of Relativity. We figure that Jake has a couple of years to kick back and relax before he finally debunks the big bang theory.
“I’m still working on that,” he said. “I have an idea, but… I’m still working out the details.”