A high school senior who developed a theorem that potentially could apply to code-cracking and artificial intelligence took home the top prize Dec. 9 in the fourth annual Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, which hands out more than half a million dollars in scholarships to high schoolers.

Steven Byrnes, 18, of Lexington, Mass., emerged from five finalists to win a $100,000 scholarship. The competition showcases some of the brightest young minds in the country and inspires students to pursue science and technology-related careers.

For his math

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