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Genius Teenagers Develop The 'Liang Zelich Theorem' That Could Change The Face Of Maths

05/11/2015 14:33 GMT | Updated 05/11/2015 14:59 GMT

A 17-year-old genius has developed a new theory that could change the face of maths and help us solve some of the most complex problems in the universe.

Ivan Zelich, who reportedly has an IQ of around 180, worked with a friend to create a new theory called the Liang Zelich Theorum.

Xuming Liang, also 17-years-old, met Zelich on a maths forum and discovered they were both working on the same maths problem.

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Both teenagers have become two of the youngest contributors to publish in the International Journal of Geometry.

Zelich told the Daily Mail Australia that their theory essentially proves that two different loci -- the mathematical term use to describe the path a point takes -- are essentially the same.

In terms of the broader picture, the calculations could help better understand string theory and Algebraic Geometry.

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Both Zelich and his friend literally worked around the clock to conclude their research as they were in different time zones.

Zelich told the Daily Mail: "He was the only person I could find who I connected with mathematically.

"I found out we were both working on the same problem at the same time but he was more geared towards one side of the geometry and I was more geared towards the algebraic and string theory side.

"We combined our powers for amazing successes."

Zelich is no stranger to success. Last year he received a certificate from the Prime Minister of Australia, acknowledging his achievements in maths.

At the age of two, Zelich learned how to speak and at three-years-old, he understood the concept of negative numbers.

Describing what he hopes to achieve in the long term, he told the Daily Mail: "Making some sort of a positive contribution to the world would be on the top of my list, as simple as that sounds."

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