11 year old boy will have his name in scientific paper after helping solve a chemical problem
Zou Hovmoller Linus is a Swedish boy of 11 who is receiving press because his father helped solve a complex problem that had hampered its chemical research for years. For their help, the name of Linus appear in the paper to be published in a scientific journal.
Hovmoller Sven’s father, Linus, is a professor in the department of materials and environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University and worked for 8 years on a project to identify the atomic structure of components similar to the crystals. After years of looking at pictures of the components taken with X-rays to decipher only two of the structures they sought, the teacher thought it would be nice Hovmoller try to show the photos to someone with a different perspective of the problem.
Hovmoller Linus knew his son was an ace for Sudoku and other puzzles that had to do with numbers and geometry, so I asked him to find the geometric structure of a series of quasi-crystals known as pseudo-decagonal approximants.
“I really do not need chemical knowledge to start working on this problem. He had a fresh mind. I knew nothing when he started. Could learn enough to concentrate on the next step, “explained Professor radio program As It Happens.
So they sat in the kitchen, and began to play looking for patterns of crystals. In two days they had identified four components. The findings were published June 28 in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (which covers topics of mathematics, physics and engineering sciences).
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