MANILA, Philippines— While most students find mathematics scary, a little kid in Manila seems to be at ease with numbers.
A video of a street kid, known only by his first name Gerald, seemingly answering square root problems asked in succession by a group of students, whose voices are heard in the background, has gone viral on the Internet.
In the video, Gerald answers immediately after every question, starting from the square root of 4, 81, 169 and 441. When asked for the square root of 888, he paused to think and asked, “Eight hundred ano?”
“Eight hundred eighty-eight,” answered by one student.
“Perfect square ba ‘yon? Wala, hindi siya perfect square!” Gerald replied, followed by a burst of laughter from the group of students.
The little math wiz answered as if he knew and understood square roots very well. He even knows that the roots can be a positive or a negative, and he is also aware of imaginary numbers.
Apparently, the group of students was eating at a nearby carinderia when they were approached by a kid in grey shirt and wearing a plastic bag around his head.
The kid asked the students for some coins, saying that they could ask him difficult math questions in return. The group tried to ask him simple multiplication problems, but he insisted that they ask square root problems instead.
Since the video was posted by owner Chelsea Mae S. Luzanta, a student of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), on her Facebook account, it has been shared by nearly 24,000 people.
The video was also published on YouTube entitled, “The Smartest Kid in Manila | Mathematician,” on July 26 and has been viewed for at least 114,460 times already.
According to some students from UST, Gerald can be found wandering around Dapitan in Manila. He is usually seen asking for coins whenever he shows off his math skills.