May 16, 2015 NYC
TEDxTeen talks have been viewed over 8 million times (and counting)                                                                             141 Countries tuned into our 2013 conference Livestream                                                                             3 TEDxTeen talks from our 2014 New York conference were selected as TED Editors Picks of the Week                                                                             TEDxTeen speaker Jacob Barnett holds the #5 most watched TEDx talk of all time                                                                             TEDxTeen is only 1 of 59 of over 10,000 TEDx events worldwide to have 2 or more talks featured in TED.com
Jacob Barnett

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.


"Forget What You Know"

Jacob Barnett

 

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