Friday, March 26, 2010
So apparently, this bearded amazement of a man, recently won $1 million in prize money for solving one of the world's most complicated math problems, the one-hundred-year-old Poincaré conjecture. This equation is so complex, in fact, that after posting his proofs in 2002 it took several years for other experts to confirm he was correct. (Which, of course, he was.)
However, Dr. Grigori Perelman is too awesome to accept the money. Notoriously reclusive and living in St. Petersburg Russia with his mother and sister, Grigori has much better things to do than worry about a million dollars cash. Just ask the representative who finally managed to speak with him. Grigori's response to the interruption (notification of awarded money)...?
"You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms."
Sounds like my kind of math genius.