World’s smartest man refuses $1-million prize

Dr Grigori Perelman lives in poverty in a cockroach-infested St Petersburg flat. He has cracked the Poincare Conjecture, one of the most difficult puzzles in mathematics. But when the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts came knocking with the $1-million prize it had offered anybody who could solve the conundrum, Dr Perelman refused to open the door, saying only: "I don't need anything. I have all I want."

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nick lane

7 years ago

Maybe he is not as smart as people think. Turning down a $1million ?!!
At least give it away to a friend.

S

7 years ago

What does he think the consequence is of accepting the money?

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