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24 Mar, 2010 08:56

Mathematician yet to decide if he needs $1 million prize

Mathematician yet to decide if he needs $1 million prize

A reclusive Russian mathematician who was awarded a $1 million is yet to decide whether he needs the money. Grigory Perelman has denied reports of his rejecting the prize for solving one of the greatest math problems.

On Tuesday, British tabloid the Daily Mail said the reclusive scientist told them he had turned down the money. But on Wednesday, Russian tabloid Life.ru published an interview with the mathematician, where he insists that he has not yet made up his mind.

The prize Perelman is entitled to receive is for solving the Poincaré Conjecture, which is linked to the understanding of multidimensional shapes.

The US-based Clay Mathematics Institute offers $1 million for solving one of its seven “Millennium Problems” of the last hundred years. Perelman is so far the only one to have done it.

Grigory Perelman lives in St. Petersburg and has little contact with the outside world. He has a history of not accepting awards for his groundbreaking work. In 2006, he was awarded the highest prize for mathematics, The Fields Medal, but turned it down.

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