Russian Math Genius Refuses $1 Million Prize, Quits Mathematics For Ping Pong

Not only is Grigori Perelman turning down a $1 million prize for solving one of the world’s hardest math problems, he is giving up math for a life of table tennis. From the Huffington Post:

Dr Grigori Perelman, a reclusive Russian genius, is refusing to accept the prestigious $1 million “Millennium” mathematics prize awarded by the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Perelman was awarded the prize for solving the one-hundred-year-old Poincaré conjecture, one of the most complicated mathematical problems in the world – so complex, in fact, that after Perelman posted his proofs in 2002 it took several years for other experts to confirm he was correct.

Perelman has apparently given up on mathematics, dismayed at the intellectual and moral failings of his peers. Instead, according to reports, he likes to play table tennis against a wall in his apartment. “You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms,” he told a journalist who managed to get in touch with him.

8 Comments on "Russian Math Genius Refuses $1 Million Prize, Quits Mathematics For Ping Pong"

  1. “You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms”

    Maybe he's discovered 'magic' mushrooms? 🙂

  2. justagirl | Apr 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

    it sounds like he juts wants to be left alone. it must be difficult being that smart.

  3. That's a shame. I hope he rallies and does something extraordinary. Someone with that level of intelligence is needed…..just so long as his work stays out of the military industrial complex.

  4. emperorreagan | Apr 5, 2010 at 5:14 pm |

    Good for him.

    No one should have to waste their lives doing things they don't find fulfilling for whatever reason.

  5. Ping Pong > Chess

  6. Anonymous | Apr 6, 2010 at 1:10 am |

    I like him already, but his anti-social tendancy would make friendship difficult…

    He looks a bit like “John Locke” (with hair) from “Lost”….

  7. GoodDoktorBad | Apr 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm |

    I like him already, but his anti-social tendancy would make friendship difficult…

    He looks a bit like “John Locke” (with hair) from “Lost”….

  8. A Bad Joke | Sep 8, 2010 at 6:02 am |

    hahaha, I approve. Not that I’d turn down a million, you know I’d kill someone in front of their own mother for that kind of money.

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