The Man Who Solved the $1 Million Math Problem...Then Disappeared
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Reminds me of the homeless philosopher Diogenes, who impressed Alexander the Great. When Alexander offered him anything in the world, Diogenes asked, "Could you move to the left? You're blocking the sun."

" You're disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms. "  I'm going to have to start using that one!

Congratulations, you just won 1 million dollars. Can't you see that I'm picking mushrooms over here.

Respect to Dr Grigori Perelman, a man of principle.

He works at Saint Petersburg State University in the applied mathematics department. I have caught a glimpse of him while walking through the corridor, he never meets anyone. This is in 2019.

"Beautiful things don't ask for attention"

He is still a fields medallist even if he did not accept the award.

Grisha  it is a short version of Grigory. And for adults it is uses mostly in close circle of people  relatives, friends. In the russian culture It is considered not polite to call adults which you don't know personally with short version of names.

He didn't disappear, he just went to pick mushrooms.

Turns out not everybody has a price...

Getting a perfect score in IMO means he could walk on water. Good that he continued in the Math world. His disappearance is a loss for the world.

Dude found out we’re living in a simulation and quit math

He’s a math genius from his look .

He's the real deal! You have to be THAT genius, to see the world as a joke

Being in the USA, he offered Hamilton to work together, but after not receiving any response, he started to work on this problem solely. He also was disappointed that the mathematicians did not adequately reward Hamilton's work. Further attempts by other mathematicians to make the movement of the problem as their achievements and the math community did not properly react to these attempts, finally, made him disappointed in the mathematician's world. There is a documentary on Russian providing details of the whole story behind it.

In Russia we have a book about people who control universe  "How to control universe and avoid mental hospital"...

This dude is a freaking legend! Thanks for introducing me to his story! He’s now my primary role model in how do deal with success and passion.

Well, you might be interested to know that Grigori Perelman refused the $1 million prize because he believed that the contribution of the American mathematician Hamilton was no less  in this he did not agree with the mathematical community. And this fact makes Grigori even cooler.

This guy is a legend