Thursday, August 24, 2006

Correctness or Honor

If you wonder whether correctness or honor should matter to a mathematician, and whether for a mathematician there's an honor greater than being beautifully correct, you should take a look at this report on how Grigory "Grisha" Perelman has refused a price and focused on the degree of conviction in the correctness of his solution to the 100-year-old Poincaré Conjecture on the properties of spheres.

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