Monday, April 5, 2010

You're disturbing me, I am picking mushrooms.

(I stole this link from Fred, thank you =)

This guy, Grigori Perelman, is fantastic. He's back in the news again after declining the Fields medal (equivalent to the Nobel prize, in mathematics) in 2003 for proving the Poincare conjecture. Now he's declining the $1 million prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute for solving one of the famous millenium problems.

He lives with his mom and sister in St. Petersburg, extremely humbly, and has even resigned his position at a mathematics research institute after being "dismayed by the intellectual and moral faillings of his peers". One rare journalist who managed to contact him was answered with the title of this post.

I love mathematicians... they have their priorities straight. And are a little crazy.