Friday, July 02, 2010

Idiot Genius



Russian Mathematician Rejects One Million Dollar Prize

Grigory Perelman solved the Poincare conjecture and he's declining the hefty Millenium Prize being offered by the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

OK, maybe you can be so smart that you're stoopid...

13 comments:

Chuck said...

I guess no one wants American dollars these days.

Actually you have to give him credit for integrity. He had a stance, right or wrong, and stood by it. That is a rare thing today. I can't say I would turn down the mil.

Brooke said...

Isn't he a hermit who is um... A little 'off'?

cube said...

Chuck: I DO!!!! I can use some Americal dollars.

Integirty. Schintegrity. This guy sounds a bit loopy to me. He solved the Poincare conjecture. I have no any idea why he is disagreeing with being paid for it.

cube said...

Brooke: I think we can conclude that this guy is a loon from his not wanting to accept a prize that he earned.

My God, he solved the Poincare conjecture. Woot!

He deserves the prize!

Jan said...

I can understand turning down the money (sort of), but now he has no control over where the money goes.

Trestin said...

I can understand not wanting the money. However he should have donated it to charity.

Always On Watch said...

In my experience, many genius mathematicians lack common sense. Must be some kind of brain syndrome.

Jamie Dawn said...

He may be a genius, but turning down all that money doesn't sound very smart to me.
Thanks for dropping by my blog recently. I've been on a LONG blog break, and I've no idea when I'll start back up again. Things are going well, and my family has been busy. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Z said...

He could have given it to a charity...you're right, he might be real smart, but....

Happy Fourth, Cube...xx

WomanHonorThyself said...

hey Cube HAVE AN AMAZING 4TH OF JULY my friend..hugs!

tha malcontent said...

Have a great holiday my good friend

Dorie said...

Hope you're having a good Independence Day weekend.
Mathniks are interesting, but sometimes scary. Ted Kacsynski was a mathematician before he became the Unabomber.

cube said...

It's funny that this would come up now especially in light of the fact that I'm reading a biography of the Curies and Poincare was very much in their orbit.