Genius without compromise – Perelman and the shape of the universe

An absorbing and slightly frustrating look at famed mathematician and now recluse, Grigori Perelman. His solution of the Poincare conjecture earned him a Fields Medal and a Clay Millennium prize – both of which he declined on principle.

Superb insights on the man and his impact from other leading lights in the field and frustrating given the large amounts of irrelevant stock footage of random happenings at assorted universities.

Sylvia Nasar and David Gruber’s controversial New Yorker article on the politics underlying the purest of pure math, ‘Manifold Destiny’ makes for equally fascinating reading.

(In Russian with English captions)

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