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Annals of Mathematics: Manifold Destiny
by possibly noteworthy at 3:14 pm EDT, Sep 16, 2007

From Sylvia Nasar and David Gruber, writing in The New Yorker.

A legendary problem and the battle over who solved it.


Mikhail Gromov, the Russian geometer, said that he understood Perelman’s logic: “To do great work, you have to have a pure mind. You can think only about the mathematics. Everything else is human weakness. Accepting prizes is showing weakness.” Others might view Perelman’s refusal to accept a Fields as arrogant, Gromov said, but his principles are admirable. “The ideal scientist does science and cares about nothing else,” he said. “He wants to live this ideal. Now, I don’t think he really lives on this ideal plane. But he wants to.”

This essay appears in The Best American Science Writing 2007.

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