Ten-year-old takes university maths class
03 October 2013, 08:07
Geneva - A 10-year-old boy who passed a Swiss final high school maths exam for fun is taking a special course in the subject at prestigious Zurich University, the institution said on Wednesday.
Maximilan Janisch, whose father is a retired maths professor, is the youngest child to ever be allowed to follow such a course at the university, its president Michael Hengartner told AFP.
"He's a very intelligent child," Hengartner said, pointing out that the boy, whose parents are German, "understands a lot of concepts for his age".
Gifted Janisch has already skipped three grades in primary school, but cannot officially enrol at the university since he does not have a complete high school diploma.
Instead, he will follow a specialised course aimed at talented high school seniors wanting to get a leg-up on the university curriculum.
The boy told the SonntagsZeitung weekly earlier this year that he was "not a specialist at making friends" since his classmates were so much older than him.
"I can't find anyone with whom I can discuss Archimedes [a mathematician in ancient Greece], and most people don't even know who [renowned 19th-century German mathematician Carl Friederich] Gauss is," he complained.