Homeschooled math whiz wins competition

Michael Viscardi, 16 years, from San Diego, has won the 2005 - 06 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The judges said they can't find the limits of his understanding!

He's been homeschooled since fifth grade but he takes math classes at the University of California three times a week. His father is a software engineer and his mother, who stays at home, has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. I read somewhere that he also plays piano and violin and has won music competitions too. Quite a whiz!

His competition entry was about a 19th century math problem, which he solved in a new way and was able to obtain several new results in his research. He says he liked the problem because it used complex analysis... That rang a bell for me, as I liked complex analysis, too, during my university studies and my master's thesis used it.


See here his picture and read even more.

Now, he probably would have been taking extra math classes even if he had been in public school, but homeschooling is surely a great option for gifted students.
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