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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.

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  • Jme Wiseman-Sabourin


    I’m so glad I found this video. Intelligence is a wonderful thing.
    I love his sense of humor!
    I agree about special ed. You learn nothing in special ed, except how to deal with your teachers getting aggravated because they don’t understand your way of learning.

  • Lisa Lohrent


    Back in my days autism meant to have no interest and even if you would have interest, you would not be capable to socialize. These days kids with „autism“ not only socialize but they do lectures at TEDx before a huge audience.
    Something does not add up here, sorry.

  • PicklesJar


    I love him!!! Beautiful presentation bro lol

  • mz128


    I ponder how many gifted, extremely bright children are swept aside by our mainstream systems of schooling the youth of our future generations into a obstinately foul, monotonous set of rigid rulesets made for the average, dull mindset of continuing to serve in colorless jobs and work environments…? They’re not meant to work for these types of corporations.

    I bet most of these potentially crushed individuals are lurking, being themselves in online communities where they can express their lines of insight and wit without judgment. It’s a sad tale of being too smart to be handled by the barren landscapes of education.

  • Rose W


    literally beyond adorable and so energetic

  • Sorry for offending you


    Does he has „psi“ on his shirt.

  • Tamal Mahato


    love this kid.i watched his 60 minutes video.that was also cool.i am gonna think now.

  • 80k subscribers


    The best line ‚There are some therapist who are freaking out right now ‚

  • Italian Roads


    at the 7th laugh he became annoying X(

  • Miguel Siller


    I think this is one of the best Ted talks I have seen!

  • Leo Oswald


    i didnt know he had autism i just thought he was very energetic

  • Jimmy Sterylian


    Wrong, the language is not chinese. It’s Japanese.

  • Nassir Rashed


    brave kid God bless you

  • paper angel


    he reminds me of Shawn from Boy Meets World



    God bless this kid. I love him. He is an asset to mankind.

  • Utilize Olly


    Wheres the fidget spinner at

  • King Kanger


    was gonna pass the papers out

    *saw their faces „crap their stupid

    „now do you know what a circle is“

  • Anthony Hammock


    I need this kid to tutor me in my general physics class.

  • HiPpO KiErAn


    I have autism and all it does for me is make me really socially akward xD

  • nicholas newmna


    god damn this kid is amazing

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