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Old 05-30-2009, 08:33 AM
Wendell Wagner is offline
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Follow the links on the story. The equations he discovered had been known before:

News stories like this are nearly always exaggerations. Yes, he's pretty smart, but there are a lot of pretty smart people out there. Look, I've spent my whole adult life with mathematicians. There isn't any shortage of first-rate mathematicians. News stories that make it sound like brilliant mathematicians are so rare that every time a bright teenager makes a interesting (but hardly world-shattering) discovery (which wasn't original anyway) we should hail him as our new mathematical savior are merely a waste of newspaper print (or bandwidth).