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Tuesday, June 24, 2003  

Three dimensions, two proofs, and a lot of grey matter.

So you think you’re pretty smart, eh? As it turns out, we’re all just really good at practicing our denial and self-esteem skills.

Now THIS guy is scary smart:

After working for years in near seclusion and supporting himself largely on personal savings, Grigory Perelman of the Steklov Institute of Mathematics in St. Petersburg, Russia, announced that he has proved the Poincaré conjecture, which gives a way to identify whether a complicated shape is a distorted version of a sphere. He also claims to have proved the much broader Thurston geometrization conjecture, which considers all closed three-dimensional shapes.

While he was at it, he just went ahead and solved that pesky Thurston thingee…

via Science News

posted by Chimera | 9:38 AM

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