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.

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  • Borgar

    “You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms”

    Maybe he's discovered 'magic' mushrooms? :-)

  • justagirl

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

  • honu

    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.

  • emperorreagan

    Good for him.

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

  • radiac

    Ping Pong > Chess

  • Anonymous

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

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

  • GoodDoktorBad

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

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

  • A Bad Joke

    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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