# About Grigori Perelman

## Famous for solving the Poincaré conjecture.

I got a C in Calculus, c. 2003; UPRRP. It was hard work, and I barely remember anything from the class. Knowing this, and always compensating for the fact that I suck at math, I’ve always been curious about people that have excelled on the subject. People like Alan Turing, Euclides, Hypatia, Ada Lovelace…

This is how I came across Grigori Perelman —

Russian, mathematician, and an incredibly moral person:

“[The Fields Medal] was completely irrelevant for me. Everybody understood that if the proof is correct, then no other recognition is needed [;] I’m not interested in money or fame [,] I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo. I’m not a hero of mathematics. I’m not even that successful; that is why I don’t want to have everybody looking at me.”

## Related Media:

Fragment of the poem “*In Praise of Fractals**”*, by Emily Grosholz:

Some fractal sets are curves

(space-filling curves!) or complex surfaces;

others are wholly disconnected ‘dusts’;

others are just too odd to have a name.

Poincaré once observed,

there may be questions that we choose to ask,

but others ask themselves,

sometimes for centuries, while no one listens.