Tuesday, August 22, 2006

He turned it down

Grigory Perelman turned down the Fields Medal for his contribution to Ricci Flows and the Poincare Conjecture. Via CNet.
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.

Does it matter when somebody turns down a prestigious prize, no matter for what reason? I don't think so. You've already been recognized and that's the point.

5 Comments:

At 8:09 PM, Anonymous hoagie said...

Agreed.
But,c'mon. It's still pretty cool they way he did it.
Not contentiously, just "No thanks".

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger Lynn said...

hoagie,

Yes, he's his own man in a very polite way. He shouldn't turn down the million dollar prize though. That's some decent whip out cach.

 
At 11:45 AM, Anonymous hoagie said...

Yes.
He's clearly a brilliant man, but he doesn't know squat about whip out cash.

 
At 2:05 AM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I wouldn't be surprised, if he was shown to be mentally ill, even though brilliant. The living with his mother thing is a tell.

 
At 3:35 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

renegade eye,

I recommend the New Yorker article I referenced in a post yesterday. It adds a more in depth perspective to events surrounding his proof than the other news stories.

He's definitely different than the ordinary person.

 

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