Math Guru Refuses High Honor
From the article quoted in its entirety below,
"Grigory Perelman, a 40-year-old native of St. Petersburg, won a Fields Medal — often described as math's equivalent of the Nobel prize — for a breakthrough in the study of shapes that experts say might help scientists figure out the shape of the universe. "
"John Ball, president of the International Mathematical Union, said that he had urged Perelman to accept the medal, but Perelman said he felt isolated from the mathematics community and "does not want to be seen as its figurehead." Ball offered no further details of the conversation."-
From Rich, Of course, I don't know all the details here but, I can relate to this guy NOT wanting to become "popular" or be seen as a rising star. If he is Autistic we are NOT wired that way and socially for sure we can be such idiots that what ever good work we do might be tarnished if we run our mouths too much. If Mr. Perleman is indeed a picture thinker and his optic vision is occasionally turned off during his picture thoughts he would naturally miss lots of body language etc. If he does not have proficient Picture thoughts figured out he really would not be comfortable accepting or even talking about his great achievement. Proficient Picture in Picture Thoughts almost mimic traditional thoughts. Autism Thoughts are indeed very able to do the math like he as done. Autism thoughts, keep in mind are naturally different and complicated and need watered down to be communicated. Yes, I know we can present as a "sack of rocks" but that is due to the fact we can't communicate our autism thoughts with ease not because our thoughts are too "stupid." Modern Autism likes to operate from the standpoint we are as stupid as we present. ( And look where it has got them.)
""Proving the conjecture — an exercise in acrobatics with mindboggling imaginary doughnuts and balls — is anything but trivial. Colleagues say Perelman's work gives mathematical descriptions of what the universe might look like and promises exciting applications in physics and other fields. ""-
- comment from Rich ,,, Now, If this not, a good example of autism thought - I don't know what is? Picture Thoughts more Advanced picture thoughts (that have never been in a text book before) are very ABLE to solve problems like this in a such a way that we are engaged in the problem from a natural level. If you were to take our thoughts MAP them out put them on paper it would yield 1000s of pages of 'technical' stuff 'we naturally understand. Once a traditional Thinker sorted threw all of this "mess" they too might end up with the same thing we did. Eventually. If we are lucky as a few of us are, and we have figured out a few social things, as well as, autism we can better communicate our ideas.
""Perelman is believed to live with his mother in St. Petersburg. Repeated calls over many days to a telephone number listed as Perelman's went unanswered. Acquaintances refused to give out his address or the number they use to contact him, saying he did not want to talk to the media. "
-From Rich He has a very good point in my book again we are not great at social things perhaps a colleague might accept the award on his behalf and handle the PR of it. Perhaps Mr. Perelman like many "autistic People" is more worried about the entire project and sees no use in the distraction of "dealing with the public."
Shockingly again I'm guessing , (hope I'm definitely wrong) his beloved mother might well be narcissistic as well. IF that is the case she will not take kindly to his fame and fortune and popular status. Narcissistics wrap you around their finger and make your life hell if they are not the top cheese. It might well be, easier NOT to accept the prize and its well deserved reward in order to keep peace in the family. Even a narcissistic person could take this family fame as in insult to them. Autism for some reason lends it self often to an older child 'baby-sitting" a looped parent. We have lot of people in similar situations in our Autism Anthropology. Perhaps that is another nasty little detail of our double-blind experience that is not welcome news to Autism researchers. Keep in mind 40 is old enough to missed the diagnosis of Autism and thus he was (we were) lucky to have missed Rain Man 's Curse of Modern Autism where they take away our very best chance at a real life. Sadly modern Autism especially in America has been blown all out of proportion and it is really rather simple, but with 1000s of autism experts on the loose it is naturally more complicated than it ever had to be. We all pay the price as our loved ones sit in group homes.
Hear is the entire article I found on the web,
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_re_eu/spain_math_genius Russian refuses math's highest honor By DANIEL WOOLLS, Associated Press Writer Tue Aug 22, 6:20 PM ET MADRID, Spain - A reclusive Russian won the math world's highest honor Tuesday for solving a problem that has stumped some of the discipline's greatest minds for a century — but he refused the award. Grigory Perelman, a 40-year-old native of St. Petersburg, won a Fields Medal — often described as math's equivalent of the Nobel prize — for a breakthrough in the study of shapes that experts say might help scientists figure out the shape of the universe. John Ball, president of the International Mathematical Union, said that he had urged Perelman to accept the medal, but Perelman said he felt isolated from the mathematics community and "does not want to be seen as its figurehead." Ball offered no further details of the conversation. Besides shunning the award for his work in topology, Perelman also seems uninterested, according to colleagues, in a separate $1 million prize he could win for proving the Poincare conjecture, a theorem about the nature of multidimensional space. The award, given out every four years, was announced at the mathematical union's International Congress of Mathematicians. Three other mathematicians — Russian Andrei Okounkov, Frenchman Wendelin Werner and Australian Terence Tao — won Fields medals in other areas of mathematics. They received their awards from King Juan Carlos to loud applause from delegates to the conference. But Perelman was not present. "I regret that Dr. Perelman has declined to accept the medal," Ball said. Perelman's work is still under review, but no one has found any serious flaw in it, the math union said in a statement. The Fields medal was founded in 1936 and named after Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields. It come with a $13,400 stipend. Perelman is eligible for far more money from a private foundation called The Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Mass. In 2000, the institute announced bounties for seven historic, unsolved math problems, including the Poincare conjecture. If his proof stands the test of time, Perelman will win all or part of the $1 million prize money. That prize should be announced in about two years. The Poincare conjecture essentially says that in three dimensions you cannot transform a doughnut shape into a sphere without ripping it, although any shape without a hole can be stretched or shrunk into a sphere. Proving the conjecture — an exercise in acrobatics with mindboggling imaginary doughnuts and balls — is anything but trivial. Colleagues say Perelman's work gives mathematical descriptions of what the universe might look like and promises exciting applications in physics and other fields. "It is very important indeed because it really gives us an insight into geometry and in particular the geometry of the space we live in," said Oxford University math professor Marcus du Sautoy. "It does not say what the shape (of the universe) is. It just says, 'look, these are the things it could be.'" Academics have been studying Perelman's proof since he left the first of three papers on it on a math Web site in Nov. 2002. Normal procedure would have been to seek publication in a peer-approved journal. Three separate teams have presented papers or books explaining the details of Perelman's work, which draws heavily from a technique developed by another mathematician, Richard Hamilton of Columbia University. The Clay Mathematics Institute says the two men could conceivably share the Poincare money. Ball said he asked Perelman if he would accept that money. Perelman said that if he won, he would talk to the Clay institute. Perelman is believed to live with his mother in St. Petersburg. Repeated calls over many days to a telephone number listed as Perelman's went unanswered. Acquaintances refused to give out his address or the number they use to contact him, saying he did not want to talk to the media.
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