The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Grand Ambition of Genius

One of the primary signs of genius is the ability and drive to undertake huge projects. Today, Ainan Celeste Cawley, my six year old son, wanted to build a haemoglobin molecule from metal balls and stick magnets. For those who don't know the chemical formula of haemoglobin is C2952H4664N812O832S8Fe4. The letters represent atoms: C for Carbon, H for Hydrogen, N for Nitrogen, O for Oxygen and Fe for Iron. The numbers represent the number of each atom.

Look at those numbers and think about how complex that molecule is. That's what my son wanted to do this evening. Now, that is ambition.

(For more on Ainan Celeste Cawley, six, a scientific child prodigy, please go to: )

Photograph by Syahidah Osman Cawley

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 9:39 PM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey!!... It's me again! (Venezuelan girl..).. this photo was the one published at the newspaper I told you before... I'm trying to find the article on the web.. If i do it, i'll tell you, to find the way to send it to you...


SP (Maracay - Venezuela)

3:43 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Dear SP

Please send me the article - via my email at least, if you manage to find it. I cannot get access to it.

If you have a physical copy of it, maybe you could scan it?

Your assistance would be much appreciated.


6:56 PM  

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