Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Perelman and the mathematical community

The BBC has a very good entry on this year’s Field’s Medals (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5274040.stm) that follows below. There is also a good profile of Grigory Perelman who declined the award (and the money that goes with it). In addition to various things mentioned in different sites about his attitude towards the mathematical community, I found interesting the acknowledgement in his 2002 paper (math.DG/0211159, http://arxiv.org/find/math/1/au:+Perelman_Grisha/0/1/0/all/0/1), in which he states that “I was partially supported by personal savings accumulated during my visits to the Courant Institute in the Fall of 1992, to the SUNY at Stony Brook in the Spring of 1993, and to the UC at Berkeley as a Miller Fellow in 1993-95. I'd like to thank everyone who worked to make those opportunities available to me”. ...continues here!

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