You might remember the media storm a few months ago about the schoolboy who

At the time there was no real explanation of what he had done. Now there is, courtesy of Ralph Chill and Jürgen Voigt at Dresden University: goo.gl/jh6Pr

The answer is that he produced analytic solutions for the equations of motion of a particle in fluid and under gravity, e.g. the path of a ball (modelled as a particle) travelling through the air, taking air-resistence into account.

So, did mathematicians already know how to do this? Short answer: yes.

*"solved problems posed by Sir Isaac Newton that have baffled mathematicians for 350 years"*, etc., etc.. (e.g. http://bit.ly/KPeBFk )At the time there was no real explanation of what he had done. Now there is, courtesy of Ralph Chill and Jürgen Voigt at Dresden University: goo.gl/jh6Pr

The answer is that he produced analytic solutions for the equations of motion of a particle in fluid and under gravity, e.g. the path of a ball (modelled as a particle) travelling through the air, taking air-resistence into account.

So, did mathematicians already know how to do this? Short answer: yes.

*"The work is without doubt exceptional for a high school student and it merits the attention that it received in a national science competition for high school students... nevertheless all his steps are basically known to experts, and we emphasize that he did not solve an open problem posed by Newton."*- Are you saying the media reported something
*incorrectly*and sensationalized the story???Jul 14, 2012 - I am not surprised. Accurateness sacrificed for a good geadline...Jul 14, 2012
- I have to admit I don't remember a "media storm", but maybe I was just reading the wrong parts of the papers/websites/blogosphere.Jul 14, 2012