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China's math prodigy Liu Lu appointed university researcher

03-23-2012 08:46 BJT

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A 22-year-old undergraduate, majoring in applied mathematics, has became a researcher at Central South University, in Changsha, Hunan province after breaking a math equation that went unsolved for more than 20 years.

Liu Lu has become an official researcher at his university, which will give him benefits that an official professor would receive, including research grants and other benefits.

Liu Lu has become an official researcher at his university, which will give
him benefits that an official professor would receive, including research
grants and other benefits.

Zhang Yaoxue, President of Central South University, said, "He won’t give lectures. We would like him to gain more knowledge from both China and abroad, and be dedicated to scientific research as much as possible. Here we offer every opportunity and our support."

Liu Lu said, "It is encouraging to see such an acknowledgement in the campus as well as in the academic field. I feel some pressure."

Liu cracked the Seetapun Enigma last year, which has puzzled the international mathematics community for over two decades. The math problem was first raised by British mathematician David Seetapun.

Liu Lu has become an official researcher at his university,
which will give him benefits that an official professor
would receive, including research grants and other benefits.

Meanwhile, Central South University has approved a joint studies program, which will allow Liu to pursue his master’s and doctoral degrees. The university said the policy is meant to offer a better platform for young academics to pursue their studies.

A student in Central South University said, "It is encouraging for us to make achievements in the academic field."

Liu will receive one million yuan as a reward, which will be used to carry out scientific research and to improve Liu’s living condition. The university will also recommend Liu as a candidate for the National Youth Scheme an exclusive club started by a Chinese mathematician, which has a restricted membership of 1,000.

Poll     (Total Votes: Loading)
1.Do you envy Liu Lu?
A. Yes
B. No
C. I need to know more about him
2.Would you expect your children to be like Liu?
A. Yes
B. No
C. I’m not sure
3.Do you think Liu would be influenced by the media?
A. Yes, he will have plenty of pressure.
B. Yes, he could become spoiled and get distracted.
C. No, he won’t be affected at all.
D. Other

College senior solves major math problem

During the past two decades, countless internationally famous mathematicians have made efforts to solve the problem but without any results while Liu's findings solved the unresolved open question and provided a negative answer to Seetapun's conjecture. Full story >>

Life of young math genius Liu Lu

Liu Lu, a senior from the School of Mathematics and Computing of Central South University (CSU) in central China's Hunan Province, has won international fame by publishing a paper that solves a problem of reverse mathematics, namely the Ramsey's Theorem for Pairs, a conjecture put forward by English mathematics logician David Seetapun in the 1990s. Full story >>

Tele interview: How to nurture talented students in college?

How can university provide a better and more supportive environment to nurture more talented students like Liu Lu? Full story >>

Tele interview: Significance of Liu Lu's appointment

How significant do you think this appointment is, considering the age of the math prodigy and what he has accomplished? Full story >>

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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