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post Aug 22, 2006, 12:09 PM
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Grigory Perelman, the reclusive Russian mathematician who may have proved the elusive Poincare Conjecture, was awarded with a 2006 Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians--and he turned it down, according to Nature.

Three other mathematicians--Princeton University's Andre Okounkov, UCLA's Terence Tao, and Wendelin Werner from France's University of Paris-Sud--were honored with this year's Fields Medal, considered by many to be mathematics' equivalent of the Nobel Prize. All three of them were present at the ceremony in Madrid to accept their awards.

According to the International Mathematical Union, a Fields Medal has never been turned down before.

Perelman, who reportedly lives with his mother in St. Petersburg, will be eligible for a $1 million Millennium Prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute if he is indeed determined to have proved the Poincare Conjecture, a seemingly simple problem dealing with three-dimensional spheres. No word as to whether or not he 'll accept that one.
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post Aug 22, 2006, 02:11 PM
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I wonder if he gave a reason for turning it down.
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post Aug 22, 2006, 02:42 PM
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he said that he said everything significant in his publications and had nothing significant to say in public.
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post Aug 22, 2006, 03:04 PM
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http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/08/22...s.ap/index.html

....proved a theorem about the nature of multidimensional space....the riddle Perelman tackled is called the Poincare conjecture, which essentially says that in three dimensions, a doughnut shape cannot be transformed into a sphere without ripping it, although any shape without a hole can be stretched or shrunk into a sphere.
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post Aug 22, 2006, 05:57 PM
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That seems obvious on inspection. Why does it need proving?
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post Sep 14, 2006, 05:55 PM
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QUOTE(Rick @ Aug 22, 2006, 10:57 PM) *

That seems obvious on inspection. Why does it need proving?

This particular proof is quite involved. If it was obvious, it would have been proved a long time ago; $1 million wouldn't be offered for it either.
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post Feb 15, 2019, 07:52 PM
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He said "I'm not interested in money or fame; I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo."

Looks like Perelman has declined at least 3 awards in mathematics including the Field's Medal- also rejected job offers from Stanford and Princeton.

Love this quote when a journalist tried to contact him: "You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms."
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