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Saturday, March 27, 2010

You Decide If This Man is Autistic. He Solved a Hundred Year Old Math Problem

A reclusive genius, Dr. Grigori Perelman, famously solved one of the world's most complicated math problems, the one-hundred-year-old Poincaré conjecture, and is now refusing to accept a $1 million prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute for doing so!
The 44 year old man apparently prefers to live in St. Petersburg, Russia with his mom and sister, and has been given the nickname Mathsputin.

According to neighbors:
"He always wears the same tatty coat and trousers. He never cuts his nails or beard. When he walks he simply stares at the ground, rather than looking from side to side."
"I was once in his flat and I was astounded. He only has a table, a stool and a bed with a dirty mattress which was left by previous owners — alcoholics who sold the flat to him."
However, there's no denying this man is a genius! Perelman solved the Poincaré conjecture in 2002, and it took YEARS for experts to confirm he was correct!!

When reporters attempted to contact him, he responded, "You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms."

We are officially in love with this guy.

(Since finding this article I have found some that were much more thorough and intelligent follow this link)

Now is that an autistic savant or what? Even if he is not a savant he is still undisputibly on the spectrum!


Alison said...

He sounds like a pure genius Lora! just popping by to say a huge thank you for being such a wonderful caring friend and for your lovely comments on my blog. Sophie seems to be turning a corner lately and is far happier, she really is so special I love her so much. Yes I am very proud of her, she has come through alot. Both my teenagers are in full swing lol! I hope you and Griffen are ok and am thinking of you both, lots of hugs to you xx

Jen said...

Wow, and I am even more impressed that there isn't any ego issues, he is just doing what he likes to do:) Jen.