Virginia High School Student Catches 34-Year Old Math Mistake at Boston Museum

A 15-year-old Virginia high school student visiting Boston's Museum of Science uncovered a math error in the golden ratio at a 34-year-old exhibit.

Joseph Rosenfeld was visiting the museum on a recent family trip when he saw something that appeared wrong with the equation.

Joseph noticed minus signs in the equation where there should have been plus signs. He left a message at the desk and later received a letter from the museum's exhibit content developer, Alana Parkes, informing him the equation would be corrected.

Parkes wrote the mistake had been there for a "very long time'' without being noticed.

Joseph is a sophomore at John Handley High School in Winchester. He told catching the error was exciting. He hopes to return to the state someday to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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