12 Year Old Aims To Disprove The Big Bang Theory

03.29.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 A 12-year old kid from Indiana, who also happens to be a genius, says he's decided his next big project is to disprove the Big Bang Theory. Jacob Barnett learned high school math in 2 weeks on his front porch: Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. He's now attending college. But the pint-sized genius has more in store for this life-- he is on a mission to disprove the Big Bang Theory, which he says makes no scientific sense. Barnett has a dozen reasons why. He says he questions why there was no carbon created in the initial explosion; he also questions the timeline. He says the earth would have to be 21-billion years old for Big Bang to have happened the way it did. His theories have already sparked global scientific interest. Professor Scott Tremaine, one of the world's leading scientists, has written the family. He says he's impressed by the kid's knowledge of physics already-- and said he's asking questions about one of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics. He said anyone who solves this will be in line for a Nobel Prize.