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:

At July 02, 2010 8:55 AM, Blogger 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.

 
At July 02, 2010 10:17 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

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

 
At July 02, 2010 10:28 AM, Blogger 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.

 
At July 02, 2010 10:31 AM, Blogger 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!

 
At July 02, 2010 1:17 PM, Blogger Jan said...

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

 
At July 03, 2010 3:39 AM, Blogger Trestin said...

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

 
At July 03, 2010 8:29 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

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

 
At July 03, 2010 4:12 PM, Blogger 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!

 
At July 03, 2010 11:13 PM, Blogger Z said...

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

Happy Fourth, Cube...xx

 
At July 04, 2010 1:38 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

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

 
At July 04, 2010 10:37 AM, Blogger tha malcontent said...

Have a great holiday my good friend

 
At July 05, 2010 7:27 AM, Anonymous 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.

 
At July 09, 2010 1:48 PM, Blogger 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.

 

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