First aired on Quirks & Quarks 12/12/09
In 2002, mathematician Grigori Perelman solved the Poincaré conjecture, a mathematical theorem that baffled mathematicians for nearly a century. He then withdrew completely from the field of mathematics, refusing awards and appointments. In her new book, Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century, Russian journalist Masha Gessen explores the life of enigmatic Perelman and she appears on Quirks & Quarks to discuss the man, the math and the mystery. Click here for Quirks & Quarks's podcast page.