US Television show 60 Minutes recently broadcast a feature on the two high school students -- now first year students at university. The broadcast is now featured on a 13-minute video on YouTube; pertinent details start @1:58 into the video. The students had created two separate proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. One is the "waffle cone" proof, which has gotten all the attention. The interview contained insufficient information on the second proof to understand it. The students said that they have 5 more proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem, and believe they have a framework for 5 more. No details were provided. One of the students is seeking a pharmacy major at Xavier; the other is pursuing an environmental engineering degree at LSU.
Most interesting was the brief conversation with their high school mathematics teacher Michelle Williams (@4:14), who proposed the bonus problem on the school-wide contest:
Q: And did you think anyone would solve it?
A: Well, I wasn't necessarily looking for a solve [...] I was looking for some ingenuity. [smile]
Hear, hear! I thought that Conrad Wolfram would be interested in this school's -- and this particular teacher's -- approach to maths.