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61 Responses to Math Genius Refuses $1 Million Prize

  1. Profile photo of Charizzo
    Charizzo Male 18-29
    668 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm
    Link: Math Genius Refuses $1 Million Prize - And he lives at home with his mother. What`d he do to will the million and why didn`t he take the money?
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
    2056 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    crazy russians
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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
    2554 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    Wow...
    He could have such a much better life with 1 million, he technically wouldn`t have to work with the amount of interest based off that amount (I believe it`s close to an actual salary figure) - but I suppose he`s got his own reasons why he shouldn`t - and `m pleased that he isn`t letting others talk him into taking it.
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    NotAllowed Female 18-29
    526 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    idiot savant
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    SmilinSam Female 18-29
    3599 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm
    i love this man.
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    Boadicea Female 18-29
    1678 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm
    I`d be happy to take it off his hands.

    Jagoff.
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
    5101 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm
    Probably the most intelligent man on the planet right now, and he collapses because some people tried to steal his work.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    I`ve heard of him before. He solved one of the great problems of math, and he refused the money because it was an insult

    Its not about the money to him, a lot of you don`t understand that.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm
    And one more thing! THIS IS OLD NEWS! It happened ages ago. Get with the times IAB, next you`ll be giving us Obama`s election results.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
    5316 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    in soviet russia...money refuses you!
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    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm
    Lazy: It doesn`t matter if it`s not about the money to HIM.
    I thought that "if you don`t want it, accept it and donate it" suggestion was pretty good.
    There are people to whom the money IS important, like impoverished families and starving African children.
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    breadman Male 18-29
    41 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    ElDavo:
    "There are people to whom the money IS important, like impoverished families and starving children."
    FTFY
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    ElSombrero Male 13-17
    716 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm
    He is cool.
  14. Profile photo of agamemnon
    agamemnon Male 18-29
    215 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm
    @LazyMe484. This isn`t old news. It`s just happening a second time. He refused the Field`s Medal in 2006. Now he`s refusing the Millennium prize. XD
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    Perhaps he has gone insane. The article in the link certainly implies that.
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    thelonious Male 40-49
    3278 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm
    Hey, is it ok to make fun of him and make his life choices for him? Well, sure. Go ahead. I`m sure he`s concerned to no end about the contents of this thread.
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    Mantolwen Female 18-29
    387 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm
    Man, this dude is smart. He understands Topology: something I am currently struggling with. I looked this Poincare conjecture up on Wikipedia, and it`s giving me a headache just trying to understand it. But to be honest, he`s a mathematician. Mathematicians don`t need money. It`s not important to them. What is important is proving things are correct.
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
    2550 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm
    candidate for a Oprah MAKEOVER!
  19. Profile photo of Crucible
    Crucible Male 18-29
    1817 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    My theory:
    He hates the Russian government, and knows that if he receives the money, the Feds will tax it into nothing, leaving him with nothing, and giving those non-nice individuals a million bucks.

    Or he`s just crazy
  20. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9311 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    Sad that he lives in such a way.
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    LtBard Male 18-29
    108 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    It ez simple! I R counted how many times ze pang pong ball hhet ze wall-ahaha!
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    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
    2798 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    Typical genius behavior. My opinion is `drat em`... if he refuses to contribute to society then let`s move right on without him. I would love a gift that he has, too bad he wastes it with his lifestyle.
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
    7936 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm
    No way...I never thought Ponicare would be solved in my life time.
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    Tonyjet Male 18-29
    3299 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm
    they should just give the money to his guardian, since he doesnt seem to be able to take car of himself
  25. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8309 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm
    > primetimekin
    > I never thought Ponicare would be solved in my life time.

    The answer is 3. I just pressed the `Poincare` button on my Apple Calculator.
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    Skabashas Male 18-29
    1255 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm
    Weird.
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
    3435 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm
    He`s intelligent enough to want nothing to do with the rest of us. Commendable.
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    Raokin Female 18-29
    456 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm
    As much as I hate math, I think this guy is awesome. Just look at his eyebrows!
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    MechaWolf Male 18-29
    315 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm
    There`s only so much malleability in a human brain. Once you devote so much space to a certain subject (i.e. math) you start losing stuff elsewhere (like social graces). Einstein could never learn to drive.
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    syke22 Male 18-29
    1136 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    "You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms," Mathsputan has spoken.
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
    2928 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm
    well insanity and genius are truly a shade off from each other.
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    skine Male 18-29
    719 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm
    In other news:

    Antisocial genius hates people.

    Interview at 11.
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    skine Male 18-29
    719 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    Also, I feel an obligation to state that is "powan-caraye," and not "poine-care."
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    woomanfoo Male 18-29
    536 posts
    March 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm
    Am I the only one who thinks this guy is way badass?
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    kimkio Female 18-29
    878 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 12:01 am
    ....then how could they take a good photo of him if he never allows reporters in?
  36. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9311 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 12:26 am
    "well insanity and genius are truly a shade off from each other."

    Sometimes I believe that crazy people might actually be the only sane ones alive in this world, and we`re all trapped within social standards that don`t make sense to begin with because we don`t bother questioning it.
  37. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8309 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 2:27 am
    > jinxiejae
    > well insanity and genius are truly a shade off from each other

    You`re only saying that cause the Voices are telling you to hop the green Indian on the red waterfall.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7421 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 3:56 am
    He seems okay- it`s just us who have a problem with his lifestyle choices. Having said THAT, he does seem to have some issues- I hope his mother can cope, and that he will be cared for if she dies before him.
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    Suicism Male 18-29
    3625 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 4:13 am
    My take on it`s always been "The fine line between Genius and Insanity is Success."

    So where would this guy fall?

    And a perfect Four, I-A-B - way to go. I plan on exploring this enigma further.
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    littlepete50 Male 18-29
    1359 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 5:41 am
    clever guy, so clever that he can`t properly communicate with others, because they`re too dumb... gutted.
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    MandyLea Female 18-29
    247 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 6:57 am
    haha...Mathsputin...haha! :)
  42. Profile photo of AlienPoison5
    AlienPoison5 Male 18-29
    192 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 7:06 am
    You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms.
  43. Profile photo of Nlupu
    Nlupu Male 18-29
    229 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 7:51 am
    I am picking mushrooms...

    Ahh Shrooms, now we all know why he never leaves his house! Those freakin Wall Zombies are a bitch!
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    madest Male 40-49
    7379 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 8:14 am
    That is something to consider. Imagine having an IQ so high that everyone you came in contact with throughout life was an utter moron by comparison.
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    frigginrando Male 18-29
    9 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 9:24 am
    whats the point of being such a genius if your life sucks cuz you couldnt even hook up with a gay paid hooker?
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    BizahrClover Female 70 & Over
    255 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 9:51 am
    Hes jackassinine not to take that money. I don`t care what anyone says.
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    repression Female 13-17
    89 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 9:54 am
    You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms.
    What a pimp.
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    GirlieMutant Female 18-29
    236 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 9:56 am
    WOW, I`m impressed. He apparently knows money can`t buy happiness.. I`m not so sure though, but I`m not a genius!
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    DrKitty Female 13-17
    532 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 11:04 am
    lol @ repression`s post.

    You know, there`s a fine line between genius and insanity.
    Or perhaps he`s just shroomin his brains out.
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    wbeem333 Male 18-29
    13 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 11:25 am
    What a jerk. Take the money and give it to a good charity or a few worthy families. Don`t just refuse it because you are happy with your POS home.
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    banjolegs Male 30-39
    176 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm
    dude, I mean dude! Damn, I wish I was clever enough to not give a pooe about money and just pick mushrooms instead..
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
    4345 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm
    hes obviously some kind of savant or something...."You are disturbing me,im picking mushrooms"? he`d probably eat the money, thinking it was mushrooms...
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    paddy215 Male 18-29
    1677 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    After turning down $1 million I think this mans status as a "genius" should be revoked.
  54. Profile photo of agamemnon
    agamemnon Male 18-29
    215 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    Reminds me of Archimedes: "Do not disturb my circles."
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    shizzamX Female 18-29
    2697 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm
    it seems like he`s probably just terribly depressed
  56. Profile photo of alx-ndr
    alx-ndr Male 18-29
    95 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm
    He was proving a point by not accepting the money. He had a problem with the ethical standards within the field of mathematics... basically he thought some of the other mathematicians were dishonest etc...
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    sbuninja Female 18-29
    168 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    He looks down, has trouble with peers, has an extreme love for math (i.e. ordering and rules), and feels very uncomfortable with change (i.e. living at home), as well as having no regard for personal appearance/hygiene. Does this sound like Asperger`s Syndrome or other form of Autism? That would explain the lack of attachment to the prize money as well....
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
    2928 posts
    March 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm
    @ lion heart- shows what you know, its not a green Indian its a blue ninja:P
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    feiku Female 18-29
    526 posts
    March 28, 2010 at 1:56 am
    Wow I JUST came across this a week or two ago when I was researching trig. (I was drunk so I don`t remember exactly WHY or HOW I got there). I thought for sure the only reason he solved it was for the millinium prize. Guess not. I understand his reasoning but still..
  60. Profile photo of TaiAZNKID
    TaiAZNKID Male 13-17
    77 posts
    March 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    well ppl are ppl can`t deal with there decisons
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    tuxman4 Male 13-17
    368 posts
    March 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    Mathsputin... Does that mean he can`t be killed?

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