Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Fields Medal Refused
Grigory Perelman, a Russian mathematician who solved part of the Poincare conjecture, refused to accept the Fields Medal, which is considered the Nobel Prize for Mathematics by many. The Poincare conjecture posits that every simply connected 3-manifold can be shrunk down to the 3-sphere. Perelman apparently declined the medal both because he is notoriously reclusive and because he feels estranged from the mathematical community.