Dr Grigory Perelman of St Petersberg, Russia was awarded $1 million for solving a math problem that has been vexing mathematicians for over a century. But the eccentric recluse, answering interviewers through his closed apartment door, said he had no interest in the money, saying that he has everything he needs and doesn’t want the attention. Dr Perelman lives in a bare, cockroach infested flat. He used to be a researcher at the Steklov Institute of Mathematics in St. Petersburg but has since left his job and given up mathematics altogether finding the subject too painful to discuss. He is considered the world’s cleverest man, and he seems to have the eccentricities to match. Fascinating.

April 1, 2010

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