Fast Company has a great feature in it’s current issue.  50 glimpses of the future.  I love the one on Michael Viscardi, a 16 year old homeschooler who just won a $100,000 Siemens Westinghouse prize for…sorry, I have to quote this.  It is too good.

"Who just won …for his new theorem on a classic late-19th-century problem by mathematician Lejeune Dirichlet.  "Basically," Viscardi says, "I studied the Dirichlet problem for the Laplace operator on any simply connected, bounded domain in two dimensions given rational holomorphic boundary data.  I came up with and proved a new theorem that characterizes all such domains for which the solution is rational."

Okay.  Raise your hand if your understanding of any of this is based on Ghostbusters.


Can You Hang with Viscardi?