Education: Oxford's Amazing Adolescent

The university's youngest graduate is a mathematics prodigy

The question was a snap: "State and compare the laws of mass energy and momentum conservation in Newtonian and relativistic mechanics . . ." At least it was a snap for Ruth Lawrence, who scribbled the answers to this and 80 other mind bogglers in a four-week Oxford University exam "as if taking dictation," in the words of an awed fellow student. When the marathon test ended, Lawrence had finished first in a field of 192. The average student struggles through just 31 such questions. Lawrence's feat was remarkable for anyone, but all the more so for her, since she is...

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