Initially, the teen couldn’t find anyone to help him: Close to 200 scientists rejected his request for lab space until he convinced a researcher at Johns Hopkins University to be his mentor.With guidance from his mentor, Jack developed a test for early-stage pancreatic cancer that is cheaper, faster, and 100 times more sensitive than previous tests. Jack earned a handful of awards at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, including the top prize: a modest ,000.

I know this did not come from me.” Jacob has focused on a new and very ambitious project: his own “expanded version of Einstein’s theory of relativity.” Not sure how to evaluate its merit, his mother sent a video of Jacob explaining his theory to the Institute for Advanced Study, near Princeton University.

Institute astrophysics professor and world-renowned expert Scott Tremaine affirmed the authenticity of Jacob’s theory.

Albert Einstein (at right) didn’t speak until he was four and didn’t read until he was seven, and Beethoven’s teacher called him hopeless as a composer.

For the most part, “” are just like you and me — just much smarter. In a few instances, we have interpreted “teenager” a bit generously: To be able to include some young people who have only recently turned 20; and also to include a 10-year-old who is a member of a truly remarkable family.

Says Tremaine: “The theory that he’s working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics.

Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize.” Jacob’s achievements are especially astonishing when you consider that, when he was two years old and had not yet talked, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism.

The inexpensive device is a standard metal detector equipped with a seismic vibrator and microphones.

Marian, who is also an avid pianist, said the invention surfaced in her mind when she hit certain notes on the piano and observed the strings of a nearby banjo would vibrate.

Devoting two of his teen years to this challenge, Jack is obviously someone who cares deeply about helping other people. Since Jacob Barnett presented “Forget What You Know” at the 2013 TEDx Teen Talk, it has become the third most popular TEDx Talk of all time. Jacob, with an IQ of 170, taught himself calculus, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in a week and amazed university professors as he has tackled some of the most advanced concepts in mathematics.

Jacob is a top Master’s student, working towards a Ph D in quantum physics.

Just like fruit and other gifts of nature, we can’t (and shouldn’t) judge that proverbial book by its cover.