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Perelman Urged To Accept $1m Prize

timothy posted about 4 years ago | from the leave-the-guy-alone-already dept.

Math 421

krou writes "The Warm Home charity in St. Petersburg, Grigory Perelman's home-town, has urged the math genius and recluse to accept the $1m Millennium Prize for solving the Poincaré conjecture, and donate it to charities. Perelman has refused to accept the award, telling one reporter through the closed door of his flat, 'I have all I want,' and another who managed to call him on his mobile, 'You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms.'"

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first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621400)

first post

CmdrTaco Urged to Accept Micropenis Prize (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621404)

CmdrTaco's hometown has urged him to accept the award for "Smallest Adult Penis in Michigan Award". His penis fully erect is only 2 inches long.

Re:CmdrTaco Urged to Accept Micropenis Prize (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621898)

That's a damned lie. Taco doesn't hit 2 inches in his wildest dreams.

This is hilarious (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621410)

Patron saint of basement dwellers everywhere.

Re:This is hilarious (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621528)

Well, I suspect his disposition is what enabled him to make this discovery. Human progress can't all be achieved by preppie facebook overachievers. Some crazy is needed for the truly genius results.

Re:This is hilarious (2, Insightful)

Kitkoan (1719118) | about 4 years ago | (#31621604)

Well, I suspect his disposition is what enabled him to make this discovery. Human progress can't all be achieved by preppie facebook overachievers. Some crazy is needed for the truly genius results.

Yeah, just remember that genius and madness are only separated by a thin line.

Re:This is hilarious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621724)

He's a free man, and says 'I spit on your money!'

Re:This is hilarious (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621734)

Yeah, just remember that genius and madness are only separated by a thin line.

Some people aren't as fixated on money or socializing and gossip as journalists and Trolls are. Not wanting to be part of the In-Crowd does NOT make a person insane, or on the verge of insanity. Some people, like me, program for a hobby. Some people even write poetry without the intent of having it published. It makes us weird compared to the Trolls and socialites out there. But it doesn't make us crazy.

Re:This is hilarious (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621792)

And it tastes delicious.

Re:This is hilarious (4, Insightful)

nazsco (695026) | about 4 years ago | (#31621890)

> Yeah, just remember that genius and madness are only separated by a thin line.

In this case it isnt so.

He is genius. he knows more math then you do. and he knows more about a good life then you do.

because you dont understand him, considers him a madman on both accounts probably. Only so in the math part someone already told you to belive that he is a genius. not that you would understand it too. as you do not understand his views on a good life.

Re:This is hilarious (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621938)

Then and than you fucking moron! Seriously, how fucking hard is it!? They are two totally different words that sound totally different! Jez Christ!

First I called you a fucking moron then I pointed out then & than are two totally different words.

You're a bigger moron than you realise.

Re:This is hilarious (1, Interesting)

Cassius Corodes (1084513) | about 4 years ago | (#31621966)

He lives in a small apartment with his mother and doesn't talk to anyone. This is not a good life by any measure. He didn't behave like this before either - he went recluse as a response to the alleged behaviour of others in the mathematical community.

Re:This is hilarious (1)

sortius_nod (1080919) | about 4 years ago | (#31621964)

Yeah, just remember that genius and madness are only separated by a thin line.

Isn't it "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success"?

Re:This is hilarious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31622004)

Well, I suspect his disposition is what enabled him to make this discovery. Human progress can't all be achieved by preppie facebook overachievers. Some crazy is needed for the truly genius results.

Yeah, just remember that genius and madness are only separated by a thin line.

Tell me, did you find that pearl of wisdom in a fortune cookie or in a box of wheeties?

Re:This is hilarious (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621712)

Actually I read a interview with him at some point (I think in the New Yorker), and he really doesn't want the limelight.

Since his discovery, he's had offers from major universities to work, and he's turned them all down.

He really didn't do this for the glory. He is one of those few, rare individuals who achieved great things solely because they were there. Humble. Strange. Special in some way.

I honestly admire this man. He has solved one of the most important problems of our time (and others' time) and his only wish is that other people take it further, purely for the sake of knowledge and understanding. Not for awards. Not for riches. Not for fame. Simply for knowledge.

We may not understand him. Quite likely he doesn't understand us.

He may not accept our riches, but he has given us something far far greater than mere money. Leave him be.

Re:This is hilarious (1, Interesting)

blahplusplus (757119) | about 4 years ago | (#31621924)

"Patron saint of basement dwellers everywhere."

I disagree, I think he's being a douchebag. Anyone with a head would take a million dollars and use it to alleviate suffering of others if he was a decent man. This is where I think his principles have blinded him to the fact that their are still a lot of problems in the world and he could be helping out people who need it with that million.

Re:This is hilarious (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621968)

Fuck off.

It's *his* prize and *his* money. *He* can do whatever the hell he wants with it. It's *his* money. As the Russian minister said, and I'm paraphrasing, it is not decent to count others money in their pockets.

Re:This is hilarious (1, Insightful)

blahplusplus (757119) | about 4 years ago | (#31621980)

I don't think you get the point, he's denying it out of principle of being a decent human being, but he's not, he's just being a typical nerdy brat who doesn't get it.

Re:This is hilarious (1)

ImNotAtWork (1375933) | about 4 years ago | (#31622018)

This is complete conjecture on my part but maybe he is trying to make a point that instead of holding on to this prize money for x years the University should have been using it for a better purpose.

Re:This is hilarious (2, Insightful)

blahplusplus (757119) | about 4 years ago | (#31622028)

He could simply state that openly, take the million dollars and give it away and chastize them for having prizes in the first place. If that was his goal it's the worst way to be doing it.

I have an idea... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621424)

Maybe leave the guy alone like he wants?

Re:I have an idea... (4, Insightful)

nschubach (922175) | about 4 years ago | (#31621434)

Sounds like a plan to me. I'd be pissed off if people kept bugging me as well. Just take the money he doesn't want and give it to a math oriented scholarship fund or something.

Re:I have an idea... (5, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | about 4 years ago | (#31621472)

Best idea I've heard yet. The right to be left alone is one of the most important ones we have.

-jcr

Re:I have an idea... (5, Funny)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | about 4 years ago | (#31621672)

Still better to take it. A million would easily pay for building a moat around his house as well as for some sharks and lasers.

Re:I have an idea... (0, Troll)

danlip (737336) | about 4 years ago | (#31621508)

Maybe leave the guy alone like he wants?

Am I the only one who thinks this guy is getting off on all the attention he is getting by pretending to be a recluse who doesn't want any attention or money. If he had just taken the money the world would have forgotten about him by now.

Re:I have an idea... (1)

topham (32406) | about 4 years ago | (#31621542)

Or maybe he -is- a recluse.

From what I read this is all well within his pattern of behaviour.

Personally I can agree with him. Simply "Fuck off and leave him alone".

I think it's safe to say that he's not going to sue for the money, they should setup a bursary and help educate a student or two.

Re:I have an idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621552)

Your right, he could have accepted the money and had one hell of a bond fire!

Re:I have an idea... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621602)

Well you stupid antisemite (he is Jewish, as most all great Scientists are, and it is obvious you're a racist), first of all yes you are the only one who "believes" that (note how I did not use the word think, since your kind does not have the mental capacity to produce thought). And second, how could he have expected for it to get so out of hand, he said no, he expected them to leave him alone as any other intelligent human being would expect. They are the ones who are making such big deal out of it, not him...

Why am I wasting my time explaining this to you, you're intelligence is no greater than that of a dog, you don't even understand his contribution of that I am certain. I'll save my time for someone more worthy.

Re:I have an idea... (0, Offtopic)

danlip (737336) | about 4 years ago | (#31621758)

It's hilarious to have you call me antisemitic since
1) I am Jewish
2) You are the only one in this thread to mention religion

Re:I have an idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621790)

Biggest troll failure, evar.

Re:I have an idea... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621942)

Hahahah You get the world to bail you out and get you a country your own superior race was too pussy shit to get on your own. Only through killing 6 million of you "super geniuses" were we able to feel guilt enough to give you your own country or maybe it was because we didn't want to hear you hygenic retards bitch about one of the smartest moves in history. I am strongly of the opinion that the Nazis really should have finished the job. Could you imagine a world without hateful "super smart" jews. You mention Jewish superiority but I think German efficiency trumped you 6 million down. Lets just hope that those assholes in Iran finish you off. I swear it would be a golden day in Valhalla if we could just off you fucking hook nosed stink ass leeches on society. Your devotion to your fucking Desert God is what brings about the biggest misery overall too. Does "Die in a shower" mean anything to you? I would tattoo 31621602 on your forehead before ditching you in a mass grave but I do hope 27 niggers rape your ass before you die of semen shock.

Best,
Your Enemies

Re:I have an idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621606)

If you want attention, there are much better ways to do it than by being a recluse. Especially if you know how to prove the Poincare conjecture.

Re:I have an idea... (2, Insightful)

wizardforce (1005805) | about 4 years ago | (#31621808)

How so? This story has been on slashdot on several occasions; I'd say that he's gotten a ton of attention just by refusing the prize money.

Re:I have an idea... (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | about 4 years ago | (#31621654)

Maybe leave the guy alone like he wants?

Am I the only one who thinks this guy is getting off on all the attention he is getting by pretending to be a recluse who doesn't want any attention or money. If he had just taken the money the world would have forgotten about him by now.

I doubt if he left the money he would be left alone. To start with there would be a at least small ceremony for him when he received the prize money (something I doubt he wants), there would be many people that would want to interview him at the ceremony (again something I doubt he wants), his picture heavily plastered in lots of places for the achievement (again...), companies that now would want to hire him or at least 'work a deal out' with him because of him intelligence, schools that might want him to give a lecture, ect... Being rude and crabby would be the better option to get people to leave him alone and just be labeled 'that quite reclusive that won't talk to anyone'/

Re:I have an idea... (3, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 4 years ago | (#31621852)

Unless you are a seriously odd duck, attention that you have to shun in order to continue getting seems like a pretty lame reward.

Within the field of mathematics, a lifetime of fame is his pretty much no matter what he does. He has the proof, he doesn't have to play act.

Outside of mathematics, there are a fair few things you could do for $1,000,000, particularly on vacation to somewhere with a lower cost of living index, that could keep you in the tabloids for weeks, or surrounded by enthusiastic companions for longer than that, until the cash runs out.

I'm betting that he is the real deal. If he got off on attention, he could just accept the cash, be up to his eyes for a month solid in hookers and blow somewhere nice and tropical, and then spend however long he wanted basking in honorary doctorates and crowds of adoring mathematics departments the world over.

Re:I have an idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621662)

Maybe leave the guy alone like he wants?

Took the words out of my mouth. People, uhm... Journalists and the gossip-hungry are making him into a Freak. It's no wonder he doesn't want to talk to people (or accept awards).

I hope those journalists who found out his cell phone number and who tried to make contact with him get fired. I'm also hoping the people that run the charity who are asking for money also lose their jobs. People need to be punished for hurting other people and making them into Freaks. Seems unlikely though, because in this world the intellectually stupid and the morally corrupt rarely loose their jobs or become outcasts of society. Quite the opposite. I wish things were reversed.

If charities want money they should go after people like the former executives of Enron and ask them for money, or people like O.J. Simpson who makes 33K a month as a pension. These people deserve to be harassed.

Re:I have an idea... (1)

miggyb (1537903) | about 4 years ago | (#31621668)

You know, there's a lot of good causes that could use those million dollars. I believe in right to privacy and not being hassled and what not, but I also believe in the common good.

Re:I have an idea... (1)

chronosan (1109639) | about 4 years ago | (#31621778)

Give the man an ultimatum to accept. If he doesn't, leave the man alone, declare the problem solved and donate the money anonymously to The Mushroomers' Guild.

Put a stop to it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621950)

OK, so he wants to be left alone and people won't leave him alone because of the money.
He should accept the prize, pay the associated taxes, take the remaining money to a different city, buy one or two small but valuable things, and destroy them in public. All gone, problem over.

Re:I have an idea... (1)

jamesh (87723) | about 4 years ago | (#31621994)

Maybe leave the guy alone like he wants?

If only he had the money to hire a decent bodyguard.

This guy... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621426)

Is a total badass, he sets the standard for life.

I'm amazed he has a mobile (5, Funny)

LittleBigScript (618162) | about 4 years ago | (#31621428)

Maybe try his facebook.

They don't make recluses like they used to.

Re:I'm amazed he has a mobile (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621462)

Maybe the reporter just assumed that it was a mobile since he was picking mushrooms. It might have been his home phone.

Re:I'm amazed he has a mobile (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621732)

Maybe the reporter just assumed that it was a mobile since he was picking mushrooms. It might have been his home phone.

in Britain, maybe Europe, they call cordless phones (landline ones) mobiles

'Your disturbing me. I'm picking mushrooms' (5, Funny)

Kitkoan (1719118) | about 4 years ago | (#31621432)

Now I know how he figured it out at least. He went out, picked magic mushrooms, ate them and let the universe tell him the answer. No wonder he doesn't want the prize, it should be given to the great mushroom spirits.

Re:'Your disturbing me. I'm picking mushrooms' (1, Redundant)

tomhudson (43916) | about 4 years ago | (#31621454)

... "picking mushrooms?"

Those must be some powerful 'shrooms!

Re:'Your disturbing me. I'm picking mushrooms' (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621544)

In Soviet Russia, the mushrooms pick you?

Just leave him alone.. (5, Insightful)

gyepi (891047) | about 4 years ago | (#31621436)

He probably wants nothing more than being left alone. It's ironic that he doesn't seem to grasp that his eccentric behavior makes that even more difficult to achieve.

Re:Just leave him alone.. (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 4 years ago | (#31621626)

That may be true, but I'm willing to bet he actually wants nothing more than people begging him to accept the prize, and then rejecting them. I'll bet it gives him a small rush every time it happens.

Re:Just leave him alone.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621708)

Yeah he gets a rush moom. Failing which he goes for the mush rooms.

Ah... an Oscar (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621446)

This latest snub follows his refusal in 2006 to collect the maths equivalent of an Oscar, the Fields Medal.

Its sad that the Fields medal is being compared to the Oscars - don't get me wrong, the Oscars are high honors in their fields - but comparing the lifetime of dedication scientists and mathematicians put into their work to the winner of 'Best miniskirt on hot actress in a running scene' doesn't seem right.

An ordinary man... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621482)

...can never understand/quantify what a genius wants.

Tools (1)

presingular (1750816) | about 4 years ago | (#31621494)

Seriously man, take the million. Why is it that some feel if a tool is used to accomplish something ( in this case a computer to generate the proof ), then it wasn't "truly" accomplished? Math itself can almost be considered a "tool", albeit a mental one. I mean, what? Does this guy never use a pencil or chalk or pocket calculator, or own a digital watch!?...actually, when I think about the kind of person that turns down a million dollars, especially for simply being considered really smart, maybe he doesn't...

Re:Tools (4, Funny)

Itninja (937614) | about 4 years ago | (#31621554)

Yeah. I mean I used my car to totally kick ass in last years Boston Marathon. I finished it in like 15 minutes. The officcial were real d-bags though and refused to declare me the winner.

Re:Tools (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621752)

"Seriously man, take the million."

I suspect that in Russia, as in other places, large amounts of cash, even if given away, attracts the attention of all sorts of unwelcome characters. The government with taxes; receiving the reward leads to paperwork which if not everything is in order can lead to huge repercussions, like jail time. Criminals who will only hear you received a lump sum, not that you gave it away. Reporters who are only bothering you now but will instead be critical of how you spent the money or attack your decison making (why that charity?). Charities for not being on the receiving end of your generosity. Pesky social people wanting to get a piece, such as women or men (depending on how you spin, and maybe the 'or' should be an 'and') showing up, despite you being in a happy relationship already, maybe even disrupting that.

Right now he's an interesting story. If he accepts the million, he's an interesting story and rich, and the additional story of what he does with the million becomes a reality.

Hell, when the economy went to shit here in the US, just look at the nasty backlash online, even here on /.; people were attacking ALL upper class simply because they were rich, not because they had done wrong. It was guilt by association.

Maybe this recluse has his reasons and understands the world far better than you know.

Re:Tools (0, Flamebait)

blahplusplus (757119) | about 4 years ago | (#31621954)

He doesn't have to accept the million he can say "award it to so and so" and be done with it. The man is smart but he is no genius ethically, there is so much suffering in the world. Anyone with a brain would find some way to circulate that money to where it is needed in the world. It's not going to save the world but reducing the suffering in the world IMHO should be among the top goals of any intellectual worth his or her salt.

A politician agrees (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621522)

One of Russia's most senior politicians, Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov, has appealed for Dr Perelman to be left in peace to make up his own mind. He suggested that it was "not very decent to look into other people's pockets and count other people's money", Russia's Interfax news agency reports.

Me thinks someone needs to look at the politician's bank account and count how much he has ;)

Why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621534)

From reading the brief summary, it seems that the guy is fully satisfied with a quiet, still life.
Not seeking attention and being at peace with yourself is something far too underestimated in todays egocentric world.

OTOH, the money could help a few less fortunate souls.

Not for this reason (5, Interesting)

Beetle B. (516615) | about 4 years ago | (#31621560)

He's rejecting it on principled grounds. Regardless of what you think about those principles, he simply can't do this just for short term charity.

When he rejected the Field's medal, he simply said to the effect of, "If I take the money, I'd be obligated to correct the wrongs I see, otherwise I'd be a hypocrite. I don't want to be the one making that crusade, so I have to reject the money." (Remember the scene in Thank You For Not Smoking?) It's a simple, logical response. He may be a recluse and all, but there's nothing strange about his refusal to take the money.

In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621584)

People who win prestigious awards often become "revisionists" a few years down the road.

self defeating (4, Insightful)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 4 years ago | (#31621592)

Refusing a $1 million prize will, I suspect, generate more, of the attention he doesn't want.

The journalists camped outside his home and calling his cell phone don't give a crap about some obscure piece of mathematics - they care about the weirdo who is turning down a fortune.

Re:self defeating (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621846)

He'd been offered this years ago.

Re:self defeating (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621856)

Except it hasn't really. He turned down the prize in 2006 - have we heard a lot about him since then? Well... no. This is just coming back around because some well meaning (possibly) charity suddenly piped up and said hey, if you really don't want that we could use it. So, yes, he has been getting a little attention in the last few days, but I expect it will blow over fast and I really doubt that it will amount to anything like the attention that accepting would have done. Of course, his not accepting was also not just about wanting to be left alone either.

Incorrect (1)

maroberts (15852) | about 4 years ago | (#31621976)

He turned down the Fields Medal award/cash in 2006, the cash award for the Fields Medal is quite small ($15000 or so)

The Millenium Prize is somewhat different ($1,000,000 for each one of 7 difficult maths problems solved) and his award for solving one of the problems has been granted this year (2010).

Re:self defeating (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 4 years ago | (#31622014)

So they announced a prize just over a week ago, and he managed to turn it down 4 years ago.

No wonder he doesn't care about stupid prizes, he's playing with his time machine which I'm sure is much more fun.

Or are you confusing the Fields medal with this prize? Obviously to the non-mathematics media (i.e. all of them) accepting or not accepting the Fields medal are both just about equally boring and not worth caring about. Refusing a million dollars is much more interesting from a news perspective than accepting it.

Mother and Sister? (3, Interesting)

Prien715 (251944) | about 4 years ago | (#31621608)

If he's jobless and living with his family, the least the foundation could do is contact his family and ask if they'd like the money for rent, food, etc. They're essentially paying for his work and even if he doesn't want the prize, they could give it to his family quietly so he can continue to do his work without someone having to worry about rent.

Re:Mother and Sister? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621670)

He made enough money working in the U.S. years ago to live on (given his minimal needs) for life.

Re:Mother and Sister? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621702)

From what I can recall, his mother and sister are similarly minded as he himself is.

Thus, they too would refuse the money.

Is integrity such a rare thing these days, that everybody freaks the fuck out when they see it, call the person exhibiting it "Strange", and "Weird"?

Because that is what seems to be happening from my vantage point.

Seriously, just stop harassing the man. The doesn't want any prizes, additional prestige, or some fucking trophy for his wall. He solved the conjecture, his name will be in math books for the rest of eternity, and that is prize enough for him. Just leave him the fuck alone already.

Re:Mother and Sister? (4, Insightful)

Nialin (570647) | about 4 years ago | (#31621876)

Is integrity such a rare thing these days, that everybody freaks the fuck out when they see it, call the person exhibiting it "Strange", and "Weird

Of course! Things are only "strange" or "weird" because they are outside the norm. If integrity were the norm, the situation would be quite different. Wouldn't you agree?

Quit bothering the guy (3, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | about 4 years ago | (#31621644)

Quit bothering the guy already.

He's sensible enough to know that if he accepts, people will want him to give speeches, attend talks, and will generally waste his time. Feynman once pointed out that winning a Nobel Prize meant that he heard from many people he really didn't want to talk to. Feynman sometimes gave talks under a pseudonym, so that only the people really interested in the subject matter would show up.

Everyone's friends when you've got the greenbacks (1)

ghostunit (868434) | about 4 years ago | (#31621652)

especially charities

Re:Everyone's friends when you've got the greenbac (1)

jamesh (87723) | about 4 years ago | (#31622044)

That's the thing that would really bug me about suddenly coming in to a heap of money I didn't really earn (i'm not saying this guy didn't earn the million, but that appears to be his opinion). You'd find out more about the people around you than you probably ever wanted to know.

And i'm sure there are exceptions, but giving people lots of money that they don't really feel that they've earned probably isn't going to make them happy in the long run.

Oh yeah, go ahead... (2, Insightful)

BoppreH (1520463) | about 4 years ago | (#31621676)

Disturb him some more and he might never submit another of his solutions to the world.

Re:Oh yeah, go ahead... (1)

Albinoman (584294) | about 4 years ago | (#31621718)

No, he probably understands the importance of discovery or else he wouldn't have revealed this one. We don't want him to release them post-mortem.

what mushrooms? (3, Insightful)

slonik (108174) | about 4 years ago | (#31621678)

and another who managed to call him on his mobile, 'You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms.'

Just check the weather in St.Petersburg, Russia. It is still too cold there for any mushrooms to grow. So much for journalist's integrity.

Re:what mushrooms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621760)

The weather in his warm basement filled with lights is perfect for picking "mushrooms".

Oblig. Good Will Hunting quote (4, Insightful)

dfarcanjo (631428) | about 4 years ago | (#31621690)

Will: Oh, come on! What? Why is it always this? I mean, I fuckin' owe it to myself to do this or that. What if I don't want to?
Chuckie: No. No, no no no. Fuck you, you don't owe it to yourself man, you owe it to me. Cuz tomorrow I'm gonna wake up and I'll be 50, and I'll still be doin' this shit. And that's all right. That's fine. I mean, you're sittin' on a winnin' lottery ticket. And you're too much of a pussy to cash it in, and that's bullshit. 'Cause I'd do fuckin' anything to have what you got. So would any of these fuckin' guys. It'd be an insult to us if you're still here in 20 years. Hangin' around here is a fuckin' waste of your time.

<b> mine.

Re:Oblig. Good Will Hunting quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621750)

lol hell yea

Re:Oblig. Good Will Hunting quote (1)

ghostunit (868434) | about 4 years ago | (#31621958)

But that was said to him by a (real) friend, that's the whole point.
This man has no friends, and all everyone wants from him is his work.
It is true that he would most likely be way better off if he used that work to make himself rich, but that's up to him and it's insulting to propose that he owes it to complete strangers such as us.

Mo' money... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621704)

Mo' problems.

An artform. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621722)

I think Perelman is not so much a weirdo, but an aesthetic artist of sorts--he's been hurt by the fact that humans have tried to monetize something he considers to be beautiful...as if you could place a price on Shakespeare or a price-tag on Emily Dickinsons' poems.

Re:An artform. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621972)

What are you basing this analysis of his behavior on? Or is it just a wild guess?

It sounds like you just want to romanticize his behavior.

Re:An artform. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31622032)

as if you could place a price on Shakespeare or a price-tag on Emily Dickinsons' poems.

yeah, about $10 at the Barnes and Nobles down the street.

Re:An artform. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31622042)

It's partly a sum of my opinion and analysis from this article http://plonk.in/Perelman

Leave him alone (1)

horza (87255) | about 4 years ago | (#31621740)

He seems a nice but geeky guy. He loves maths, but doesn't want some prize he never applied for. Good for him. Of course there are plenty that would love to leech off him, 'charity' or not, which is all the more reason not to set himself up as a target by accepting. It will be interesting to see what Grigory comes up with next.

Phillip.

1 million probably isn't worth his effort. (2, Funny)

Narcocide (102829) | about 4 years ago | (#31621762)

Here's my theory. He's a genius, a madman and a recluse, as well as everything else people say about him plus one other note: a mushroom farmer. 1$ million probably isn't even worth his time to open the door. "I have all I want" pretty much sums it up. Take your paltry 1$ million and donate it to an appropriate charity. If you really want a minute of his precious time you'll probably have to raise the figure by a couple orders of magnitude.

Just donate it to charity already (1)

origin29 (535097) | about 4 years ago | (#31621806)

Very simple.. after x amount of time, the award defaults to a charity. Perelman (or any other winner) doesn't want to pick it? The Millennium Prize board picks it. Done. Now live him alone.

leave the man alone, or else (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31621888)

you will be haunted

Not Married (4, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about 4 years ago | (#31621940)

He must not be married. If I turned down a mil, my wife would kill me, dig me back up, kill me again, film it all, and sell the film rights to recoup it.

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