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World's cleverest man turns down $1 million prize after solving one of maths greatest puzzles
dailymail.co.uk ^ | March 23, 2010 | Will Stewart

Posted on 03/23/2010 12:35:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

A Russian awarded $1million (£666,000) for solving one of the most intractable problems in mathematics said yesterday that he does not want the money.

Said to be the world's cleverest man, Dr Grigory Perelman, 44, lives as a recluse in a bare cockroach-infested flat in St Petersburg. He said through the closed door: 'I have all I want.'

The prize was given by the U.S. Clay Mathematics Institute for solving the Poincare Conjecture, which baffled mathematicians for a century. Dr Perelman posted his solution on the internet.

Four years ago, the maths genius failed to turn up to receive his prestigious Fields Medal from the International Mathematical Union for solving the problem.

At the time he stated: 'I'm not interested in money or fame. I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo.

'I'm not a hero of mathematics. I'm not even that successful, that is why I don't want to have everybody looking at me.'

Neighbour Vera Petrovna said: 'I was once in his flat and I was astounded. He only has a table, a stool and a bed with a dirty mattress which was left by previous owners - alcoholics who sold the flat to him.

'We are trying to get rid of cockroaches in our block, but they hide in his flat.'

It was in 2002 that Perelman, then a researcher at the Steklov Institute of Mathematics in St. Petersburg, began posting papers online suggesting he had solved the Poincare Conjecture, one of seven major mathematical puzzles for which the Clay Institute is offering $1 million each.

Rigorous tests proved he was correct.

The topological conundrum essentially states that any three-dimensional space without holes in it is equivalent to a stretched sphere.


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1 posted on 03/23/2010 12:35:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Every now and then one stumbles upon a genius who matches the eccentric stereotype.


2 posted on 03/23/2010 12:37:24 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Somewhere on the autistic spectrum perhaps?


3 posted on 03/23/2010 12:38:37 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: Free ThinkerNY
£666,000

I am not sure I would accept THAT amount either.

4 posted on 03/23/2010 12:38:37 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Smart guy if he was awarded the Fields Medal.

Odd, though.


5 posted on 03/23/2010 12:38:38 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe, just maybe he can find a missing number that will alter the size of the National Debt! Wouldn’t surprise me that we move the decimal point somewhere in the next session of Congress and it won’t FEEL so bad...with so many zeros.


6 posted on 03/23/2010 12:38:41 PM PDT by rovenstinez (All)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
His son:

7 posted on 03/23/2010 12:38:48 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: sinanju

Those eyebrows!


8 posted on 03/23/2010 12:39:15 PM PDT by MNDude (The Republican Congress Economy--1995-2007)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bobby Fisher, is that you.


9 posted on 03/23/2010 12:40:46 PM PDT by Track9 (A good education is knowing what truly sets you free.. and then crushing liberals with it)
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To: sinanju

Beware of mail one may receive from this gentleman. It may be quite explosive news if opened...........just sayin........


10 posted on 03/23/2010 12:41:18 PM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We need this guy in Congress.


11 posted on 03/23/2010 12:41:20 PM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
" 'I'm not interested in money or fame. I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo."

Too bad he didn't pursue a career in climatology.

12 posted on 03/23/2010 12:41:27 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The topological conundrum essentially states that any three-dimensional space without holes in it is equivalent to a stretched sphere.

I could told them that ...


13 posted on 03/23/2010 12:42:06 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Would you hold my hand ... If I saw you in heaven ... to my angel in heaven)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poincar%C3%A9_conjecture


14 posted on 03/23/2010 12:42:14 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (110210!)
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To: sinanju

I wonder if any sufficiently advanced genius isn’t likely indistinguishable from madness.


15 posted on 03/23/2010 12:42:39 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

Different people are “smart” in different ways. A guy that cannot grasp the concept of language but can run circles around anyone else on a sports court is “smart” in his brains connection to his muscles.

Meanwhile a math genius “poindexter” may be unable to dribble a basketball more than once or catch a fly ball without it bouncing off his forehead first.

Both are smart in one way and dumb as a box of rocks in another. Looks like this guy is, as are we all, smart and dumb at the same time.

For most of us, though, the “smarts” are more evenly spread out among the various skill sets.


16 posted on 03/23/2010 12:42:51 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Dr Grigory Perelman, 44, lives as a recluse in a bare cockroach-infested flat in St Petersburg. He said through the closed door: ‘I have all I want.’

Yeah..I hear cockroach stew is very tasty.

17 posted on 03/23/2010 12:43:06 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Free ThinkerNY

18 posted on 03/23/2010 12:43:09 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
...any three-dimensional space without holes in it...

"...and then TWANG! That's when something just snapped in there, Doc! I think I broke my brain."

19 posted on 03/23/2010 12:44:48 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A Russian awarded $1million (£666,000) for solving one of the most intractable problems in mathematics said yesterday that he does not want the money.

He's a lying bum! I told him if I gave him the answer he'd split the cash with me..........

20 posted on 03/23/2010 12:45:04 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: oh8eleven

LOL. My first thought.


21 posted on 03/23/2010 12:45:08 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Unibomber look-a-like.


22 posted on 03/23/2010 12:45:50 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good for him! If he has found happiness then I say, “COOL!”


23 posted on 03/23/2010 12:46:16 PM PDT by devane617 (VOTE THEM OUT! ALL OF THEM!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The topological conundrum essentially states that any three-dimensional space without holes in it is equivalent to a stretched sphere.

That sounds obvious to me. Maybe I should have tackled this problem before Perelman got interested in it. ;)

24 posted on 03/23/2010 12:47:19 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: mlocher

I would.


25 posted on 03/23/2010 12:48:30 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Said to be the world's cleverest man"

Not sounding all that clever to me.

26 posted on 03/23/2010 12:48:43 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Free ThinkerNY
He deciphered the US Tax Code as well. Can’t blame him for refusing the prize.
27 posted on 03/23/2010 12:49:12 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I knew that.


28 posted on 03/23/2010 12:49:19 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: clamper1797

So could I.

But can you prove it?


29 posted on 03/23/2010 12:49:31 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Ramius

When my son told me he was going to major in math in college, I told him ... great, but no beard. He grew dreadlocks instead. Oy.


30 posted on 03/23/2010 12:49:41 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

Very smart man. Also knows the damage the money would do to his current life. New friends, new relatives surfacing, and every salesman coming for a handout. Harassment. He knows when he has it good.

Look at most people who win a lottery. They suffer the same problems...blow the cdough and return to their old life with no friends as they were dropped when the windfall came in.


31 posted on 03/23/2010 12:50:53 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: clamper1797
I could told them that ...

Of course--but the trick is to prove it.

32 posted on 03/23/2010 12:52:24 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: clamper1797

“The topological conundrum essentially states that any three-dimensional space without holes in it is equivalent to a stretched sphere.

I could told them that ...”

Yeah, no kidding. I was working on the Navier–Stokes existence and smoothness problem or I’d have clued them in long ago.


33 posted on 03/23/2010 12:52:54 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Any three-dimensional space without holes in it is equivalent to a stretched sphere?

Well, duh.


34 posted on 03/23/2010 12:53:05 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Ramius
I wonder if any sufficiently advanced genius isn’t likely indistinguishable from madness.

[Sounds like a line from Robert Heinlein] If true, and given that we're told Obama is the greatest genius in our country's political history . . . .

35 posted on 03/23/2010 12:53:46 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: RobRoy
Meanwhile a math genius “poindexter” may be unable to dribble a basketball more than once or catch a fly ball without it bouncing off his forehead first.

That's why my bro-in-law calls his son to change the TV channels with the remote.........A brilliant oncologist with a photographic memory but is helpless when it comes to manual stuff .............

36 posted on 03/23/2010 12:53:47 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: mbarker12474

You don’t need to solve state-space equations to realize the mess we’re in. Once you know negative numbers and addition, you’ll blanch.


37 posted on 03/23/2010 12:55:24 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Theo

“Any three-dimensional space without holes in it is equivalent to a stretched sphere?

Well, duh.”

I’d say more like a new pair of socks.


38 posted on 03/23/2010 12:55:43 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No holes there, ergo- a stretched sphere....

39 posted on 03/23/2010 12:55:46 PM PDT by mikrofon (QED)
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To: InterceptPoint

Always amazes me...He solved it...Hundreds checked it out and agree....which in reality means each was capable of the solution


40 posted on 03/23/2010 12:56:39 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So easy, a caveman could do it.

I’m just saying. He looks like the guys on the Gieco commercials.


41 posted on 03/23/2010 12:59:05 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: BIGLOOK

“O” should hire him to find where the next bailouts are going to come from


42 posted on 03/23/2010 12:59:42 PM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think. " Adolph Hitler)
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To: struggle

43 posted on 03/23/2010 1:00:11 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: RobRoy

I remember a qustion from a psych professor in a psych class in college.....

Who is smarter, the Harvard Ph. D or the chief of a pigmy tribe in the forest?

Of course, the answer was from me, “Unable to determine”.

All of the idiots in the class automatically said, “The Harvard Ph. D.”. :-)


44 posted on 03/23/2010 1:01:08 PM PDT by El Gran Salseron
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s not only clever.. but wise.


45 posted on 03/23/2010 1:02:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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ya can learn a lot from a cockroach.


46 posted on 03/23/2010 1:03:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: struggle
You can't be serious....I thought that was Rachael Maddow!


47 posted on 03/23/2010 1:04:01 PM PDT by ChrisInAR (Alright, tighten your shorts, Pilgrim, & sing like the Duke!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

48 posted on 03/23/2010 1:04:01 PM PDT by montyspython ("I don't believe in 'no win' scenarios." - James T. Kirk)
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To: RobRoy
“...“poindexter” may be unable to dribble a basketball more than once or catch a fly ball without it bouncing off his forehead first...”

OK, so long as you agree with me that:

IF a guy can't throw out a first pitch without lookin’ like a girlie-mon,

And IF he can't run a country anywhere but into the ground,

THEN he can still be a Commie Doofus.

OK?

49 posted on 03/23/2010 1:04:37 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
An idiot savant?
50 posted on 03/23/2010 1:05:17 PM PDT by rfp1234
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