Russian mathematician rejects $1 million prize

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  1. GekiDan

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    NEW YORK – He said nyet to $1 million.
    Grigory Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathematics genius who made headlines earlier this year for not immediately embracing a lucrative math prize, has decided to decline the cash.
    Perelman's decision was announced Thursday by the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Mass., which had awarded Perelman its Millennium Prize.
    The award honors his solving of the Poincare (pwan-kah-RAY) conjecture, which deals with shapes that exist in four or more dimensions.

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100701/ap_on_sc/eu_sci_russia_math_genius

    What do you think of his decisions?
     
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    I can understand why he might not want to accept the prize for himself, but I'm surprised that he hasn't taken it to put it to something he would consider a good use for the money - such as donating it to charity or helping to inspire other Mathematicians. I wish I had his genius.
     
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    My thoughts exactly. Even if he had no use for it himself, he could have given it to a charity or funded a scholarship with that.
     
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    Maybe those mathematicians will this about this since they are looking where they can put that unclaimed money.
     
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    Honestly, its not always about money. People have different things they want to get out of life and it looks like this guy is just another genius simpleton.

    Taken from WashingtonPost
     
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    hmmm... maybe if he was receiving a ton of math books as gifts he was more receptive
     
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    Could he reject the money my way? Goin through some hard times.

    I know that is sort of a "I'm a bigger man because I didn't accept money" but I think that's crazy.
     
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    I think that may be he expects more then that.
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    May be it hurts him"That his contribution can't be measured in terms of money,because what so ever he has done,its the love towards mathematics"
    not to obtain monetary benefits from his knowledge

    :D
     
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    I also agree with this line of thought that he should have accepted the money and donated it for charity if he did not want that money.
     
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    Grrr.. I have this kind of people. Why not give it for charity or smth instead or rejecting it??
     

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