Friday, March 26, 2010

Reclusive Russian maths genius rejects $1m prize | TopNews United Kingdom

Reclusive Russian maths genius rejects $1m prize TopNews United Kingdom: "A low-profile Russian mathematician has refused a $1 million prize, which he won for solving a century-old ‘Poincare Conjecture’.

Forty-three year old Grigory Perelman turned down the prize from America’s Clay Mathematic Institute and said he would rather live penniless cockroach-infected tiny apartment.

The theoretical problem ‘Poincare Conjecture’ had baffled experts since it was put forward in 1904.

The problem was so difficult that it took mathematicians around four years just to check whether it was right or wrong."

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