10-year-old solves science riddle and co-authors paper - science-in-society - 11 June 2012 - New Scientist | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
First he assisted his father with Sudoku, then helped him crack a chemistry problem that had puzzled him for years.


You cracked a puzzle about the structure of strange crystals called approximants that had gone unsolved for eight years. Tell us more.

Sven: Approximants are related to quasicrystals, which are ordered atomic structures but with symmetries that were believed to be impossible – for example, 5-fold symmetry. The approximants we studied have 5-fold and 10-fold symmetry.


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