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Monday May 2, 2011

Wonderkid Adi Putra lives a life under glare of expectations

KUALA LUMPUR: Adi Putra Abdul Ghani admits that it is a burden being called a “child genius”.

“There are so many expectations, but it is a burden I have to carry,” the child prodigy said at the 2011 Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair yesterday.

Adi Putra, 12, surged into the limelight in 2009 when it was reported that he gave lectures at universities when he was supposed to be in Year Four.

He has reportedly invented 234 new mathematical formulae and learnt eight languages.

Maths my way: Adi Putra posing with his new book during the book fair yesterday.

He was also accorded several awards, including the “This Decade's Muslim Mathematician” from Riau University of Indonesia in 2009.

During the fair, Adi Putra launched his first book titled “Seni Matematik Islam” (Islamic Art of Mathematics) and wowed the audience by memorising 200 numbers within a minute.

Adi Putra said the book was easy to grasp and would help youngsters gain a better understanding of mathematics and teach them calculations.

“It can be utilised by children as young as six,” he added.

Adi Putra said he used his own insight into the world around him to come up with mathematical formulae like the hill' formula for multiplication.

His mentor Assoc Prof Dr Pakharuddin Samin, from the mechanical engineering faculty of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, said the book contained 12 chapters, with each chapter having a formula on mathematics Adi Putra came up with by himself.

“These are basic formulae derived from his own creation and from great Muslim thinkers and mathematicians like Al-Khawarizmi,” he added.

Asked how other children can improve their mathematical prowess like himself, Adi Putra advised schoolgoers not to use calculators until they had memorised mathematical tables.

“Calculators tend to make our brains lazy when used for purposes other than checking the results of an equation.

“They should also play less video games. It may help them be creative but it is a distraction from actual study,” he added.


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