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Grigori Perelman has refused one million dollars from the Clay Mathematics Institute for his solution to the Poincaré conjecture. Despite some pressure to take the money and give it to one party or another, Perelman insists "I am not a hero of mathematics. I am not successful at all, and I do not want to be observed by everyone." Perelman previously refused the Fields Medal, mathematics' highest honor. (Previously.)

posted by twoleftfeet on Mar 27, 2010 - 146 comments

posted by twoleftfeet on Mar 27, 2010 - 146 comments

posted by twoleftfeet on Nov 9, 2009 - 19 comments

Grisha Perelman, where are you? Perelman has quite possibly solved one of mathematics biggest mysteries, Poincaré’s conjecture, but has since disappeared.

posted by kliuless on Aug 15, 2006 - 32 comments

posted by kliuless on Aug 15, 2006 - 32 comments

The Shapes of Space [note : *pdf, sciam, poincaré conjecture*]

posted by kliuless on Aug 1, 2004 - 4 comments

posted by kliuless on Aug 1, 2004 - 4 comments

'The Poincare Conjecture' Solved? "Dr Grigori Perelman, of the Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg, claims to have proved the Poincare Conjecture, one of the most famous problems in mathematics. The Poincare Conjecture, an idea about three-dimensional objects, has haunted mathematicians for nearly a century. If it has been solved, the consequences will reverberate throughout geometry and physics."

Also of note is that Perelman's solution is only a benign side effect of his efforts toward defining all three-dimensional surfaces mathematically, which if successful would allow humanity to "produce a catalogue of all possible three-dimensional shapes in the Universe, meaning that [mankind] could ultimately describe the actual shape of the cosmos itself."

posted by eyebeam on May 8, 2003 - 13 comments

Also of note is that Perelman's solution is only a benign side effect of his efforts toward defining all three-dimensional surfaces mathematically, which if successful would allow humanity to "produce a catalogue of all possible three-dimensional shapes in the Universe, meaning that [mankind] could ultimately describe the actual shape of the cosmos itself."

posted by eyebeam on May 8, 2003 - 13 comments

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