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Perfect Rigour
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In 2006, an eccentric Russian mathematician named Grigori Perelman solved one of the world's greatest intellectual puzzles.The Poincare conjecture is an extremely complex topological problem that had eluded the best minds for over a century. In 2000, the Clay Institute in Boston named it one of seven great unsolved mathematical problems, and promised a million dollars to anyone who could find a solution. Perelman was awarded the prize this year - and declined the money.Journalist Masha Gessen was determined to find out why.Drawing on interviews with Perelman's teachers, classmates, coaches, teammates, and colleagues in Russia and the US - and informed by her own background as a maths whiz raised in Russia - she set out to uncover the nature of Perelman's astonishing abilities. In telling Perelman's story, Masha Gessen has constructed a gripping and tragic tale that sheds rare light on the unique burden of genius.'Gessen provides a thorough account of the circumstances that led to Perelman's rise in the 'vicious, backstabbing little world' of Soviet mathematics and a brilliant reconstruction of the twisted logic that might have led to his mysterious exit. In so doing she has written something rare: an accessible book about an unreachable man.' New York Times
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'Gessen provides a thorough account of the circumstances that led to 'Perelman and the world of Soviet maths training make a fascinating, moving tale, and in Perfect Rigor Masha Gessen tells it brilliantly.' Tom Stoppard Perelman's rise in the vicious, backstabbing little worldA" of Soviet mathematics and a brilliant reconstruction of the twisted logic that might have led to his mysterious exit. In so doing she has written something rare: an accessible book about an unreachable man.' New York Times

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Masha Gessen is a journalist who has written for Slate, Seed, the New Republic, the New York Times, and other publications. She is the author of two previous books.

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'Gessen provides a thorough account of the circumstances that led to 'Perelman and the world of Soviet maths training make a fascinating, moving tale, and in Perfect Rigor Masha Gessen tells it brilliantly.' Tom Stoppard Perelman's rise in the vicious, backstabbing little worldA" of Soviet mathematics and a brilliant reconstruction of the twisted logic that might have led to his mysterious exit. In so doing she has written something rare: an accessible book about an unreachable man.' New York Times

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