Dublin students win young scientist

Fri, Jan 13, 2012, 00:00

Synge Street CBS students Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly have been declared the BT Young Scientists for 2012.

Their mathematical project wins them a cheque for €5,000, plus tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London later this year, a crystal trophy and a chance to represent Ireland in the EU’s Young Scientist completion taking place this September in Bratislava.

Their project looked at a mathematical problem first proposed back in 1760 relating to the motion of planets.

Irish mathematician Diarmuid O Mathuna solved the problem in 2008 but the students took his work much further. They wrote a piece of software, an algorithm, that can help keep satellites on the correct path as they travel through space. They believe their algorithm works much faster and provides much greater accuracy than the software currently sent up on satellites.

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