Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century

Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century

by Masha Gessen

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Overview

In 2006, an eccentric Russian mathematician named Grigori Perelman solved one of the world's greatest intellectual puzzles. The Poincare conjecture is an extremely complex topological problem that had eluded the best minds for over a century. In 2000, the Clay Institute in Boston named it one of seven great unsolved mathematical problems, and promised a million dollars to anyone who could find a solution. Perelman was awarded the prize this year - and declined the money. Journalist Masha Gessen was determined to find out why. Drawing on interviews with Perelman's teachers, classmates, coaches, teammates, and colleagues in Russia and the US - and informed by her own background as a math whiz raised in Russia - she set out to uncover the nature of Perelman's astonishing abilities. In telling his story, Masha Gessen has constructed a gripping and tragic tale that sheds rare light on the unique burden of genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848313095
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 747,744
File size: 808 KB

About the Author

Masha Gessen is a journalist who has written for Slate, Seed, the New Republic, the New York Times, and other publications, and is the author of two previous books.

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