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Perfect Rigor A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century (Hardcover)

Author:  Masha Gessen
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 015101406X
ISBN-13: 9780151014064
Sku: 211280864
Publish Date: 11/1/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  242
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Offers the true story of a mathematical mystery, a million-dollar prize and the fate of genius in todays world, in a book that focuses on a mathematicians difficulty in dealing with the reality of human affairs and how it caused him to withdraw first from the field he loved, and then from the world in general. *Author: Gessen, Masha *Subtitle: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century *Publication Date: 2009/11/11 *Number of Pages: 242 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.50
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Relates the story of the mathematical genius who solved one of the world's greatest intellectual puzzles--the Poincarâe conjecture--but could not cope with the reality of human affairs, causing him to withdraw first from the field he loved, and then from the world in general.
In 2002, a virtually unknown Russian man named Grigori Perelman shocked the science world by solving the Poincare conjecture, a topological puzzle which had baffled mathematicians for almost 100 years. Such an achievement merited prominent publication, public celebration and critical acclaim, but Perelman simply published his results on the Internet and later refused to accept the Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics, turned down a prize of one million dollars, and finally retired from mathematics. Masha Gessen, who was born and raised in Russia, presents the first in-depth examination of the Perelman saga, including an extensive biography of the troubled genius, whose astounding capacity for logical thought likely caused his self-imposed isolation. Featuring interviews with dozens of Perelman's former teachers and colleagues, as well as a lucid analysis of his breakthrough, Gessen's absorbing study goes inside the secluded world of Soviet math and science, showing how Perelman's rigorous education cultivated his genius and his social dysfunction.


"[A] dogged portrait of an elusive man....[Gessen] provide[s] a thorough account of the circumstances that led to Perelman's rise in the 'vicious, backstabbing little world' of Soviet mathematics and a brilliant reconstruction of the twisted logic that might have led to his mysterious exit. In so doing she has written something rare: an accessible book about an unreachable man." - Jascha Hoffman 12/08/2009

"[A] fascinating biography of Grigory Perelman....[Gessen] give[s] a convincing picture not only of [Perelman] but also of the strange world of Soviet mathematics..." - John Allen Paulos 04/29/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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