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    No Irish winners of the Fields Medal, no surprise with the disregard the Irish Establishment have for maths and science.

    This Russian mathematician is the only person to decline the Fields Medal. He also declined another award that would have come with a million dollars.

    In August 2006, Perelman was offered the Fields Medal for "his contributions to geometry and his revolutionary insights into the analytical and geometric structure of the Ricci flow", but he declined to accept the award, stating: "I'm not interested in money or fame; I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo."

    On 22 December 2006, the scientific journal Science recognized Perelman's proof of the Poincaré conjecture as the scientific "Breakthrough of the Year", the first such recognition in the area of mathematics.

    On 18 March 2010, it was announced that he had met the criteria to receive the first Clay Millennium Prize for resolution of the Poincaré conjecture. On 1 July 2010, he turned down the prize of one million dollars, saying that he considered the decision of the board of CMI and the award very unfair and that his contribution to solving the Poincaré conjecture was no greater than that of Richard S. Hamilton, the mathematician who pioneered the Ricci flow with the aim of attacking the conjecture. He also turned down the prestigious prize of the European Mathematical Society.
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    A sad loss; also a reminder of the sexis past of maths, when Sophie Germain had to pretend to be male in her correspondence in order to garner any credibility with correspondents. She was foundational in the field of elasticity. She died untainted by even an honorary degree. I think that after a considerable fight her name was eventually included in the names of thinkers on the Eiffel Tower.
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    Or Ada Lovelace who invented the first algorithm in the 19th century.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace
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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Quirell View Post
    A sad loss; also a reminder of the sexis past of maths, when Sophie Germain had to pretend to be male in her correspondence in order to garner any credibility with correspondents. She was foundational in the field of elasticity. She died untainted by even an honorary degree. I think that after a considerable fight her name was eventually included in the names of thinkers on the Eiffel Tower.


    Knicker elasticity perhaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister Mercedes View Post
    Or Ada Lovelace who invented the first algorithm in the 19th century.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace
    Eh?

    Algorithms date back to the 8-9th century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister Mercedes View Post
    No Irish winners of the Fields Medal, no surprise with the disregard the Irish Establishment have for maths and science.

    This Russian mathematician is the only person to decline the Fields Medal. He also declined another award that would have come with a million dollars.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Perelman
    That is a ridiculous level of personal integrity.

    It reminds me of the story about the Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős, who was with a colleague when they encounter a homeless man looking for money. Erdős took out his wallet, paused in thought for some time and then handed the beggar most of the money in his wallet. His colleague asked him afterwards why the delay before handing over such a generous gift. Erdős replied that he had been working out precisely how much money he himself would need until the next payday; everything else was surplus and could be given away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calculusmadeeasy View Post


    Knicker elasticity perhaps.
    Plus ça change . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calculusmadeeasy View Post
    Eh?

    Algorithms date back to the 8-9th century.
    She created the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a "computing machine". She's considered the forerunner of the computer programmer.
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    Mathematician humor:

    Q: What does the 'B' in Benoit B Mandelbrot stand for?

    A: Benoit B Mandelbrot
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