Newton::Einstein as Einstein::…Barnett?

There is the possibility, dear galleons, that Einstein’s theory of relativity could be debunked in the next few years.

By a soon-to-be 13-year-old boy.

Jacob Barnett is a young Indiana boy with Asperger’s syndrome and an IQ of 170. Apparently, the child taught himself calculus, algebra, and geometry in a mere two weeks, graduated high school at 8, and has been attending college-level astrophysics classes in the interim.

And he supposedly has a girlfriend, which I find hard to believe. I feel like it would be hard to charm the pants off a 12-year-old girl with differential calculus.

Also, with that delightfully mangled attempt at a sentence, it sounds like differential calculus is some kind of disease the young girl has.

-Excuse me, ma’am, but what the hell is that on your face?

~Oh, it’s just my differential calculus acting up again. I knew messing around with that Taylor guy was a bad idea.

But, to get back on track, when working with one of Einstein’s equations, Barnett ran into a very interesting little loophole about lateral light acceleration. Here he is, explaining it himself:

The Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton has confirmed that Barnett is on the right track to developing something new and exciting in the world of physics.

“The theory that he’s working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics,” said Institute for Advanced Study Professor Scott Tremaine. “Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize.”

Everything is still in the nebulous idea stage, though. As Barnett himself said, “I have an idea, but… I’m still working out the details.”

This whole situation makes me giggle, because all I can think of is Sheldon and the child prodigy that comes to Caltech in the first season of TBBT:

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