I want to share the curious and fascinating case of Grigori Perelman, the contemporary Russian mathematician who cracked the poincarĂ© conjecture. He declined the ensuing Millenium Prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute (a million dollar prize), a Fields Medal (the equivalent to a Nobel in mathematics), and prestigious positions at universities worldwide. 732 more words

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#### Mathematicians: Masterminds or Maniacs?

Everyone knows about famous math concepts like the Pythagorean Theorem and Newton’s Laws of Motion, but what about the people who discovered them? I’m sure you’ve heard of Isaac Newton and Pythagoras, but did you know that Newton was known for his bad temper, or that Pythagoras founded his own religion? 1,112 more words