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Mathematical Genius Perelman has proven the existence of God

stanley123

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As we all know, Grigory Perelman, has  solved in the affirmative the famous Poincare conjecture. According to a recent article in Pravda, “Gregory is convinced he has mathematically proved the existence of God."
“We’ve been friends since childhood, he is a deeply spiritual ascetic and a virgin monk,” wrote the Komsomolskaya Pravda reader. “His apartment is heavily decorated with icons. He wears a beard and a large cross. He keeps rosary in his pocket. Even at night he prays. He is super religious, hence all his idiosyncrasies. More than that, he is convinced he has proved the existence of God.”
I thought that Perelman was Jewish, however, according to this article, he has icons and keeps a rosary in his pocket .
http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/113310-1/



 
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Anyone see the comment on the bottom saying that icons and the rosary are signs of Satan?  ::)
 

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Alveus Lacuna said:
Well great! Now that that has been settled, which god is it?
Well, my guess is that if he is always carrying a Catholic rosary, then it must be God according to Catholic belief. (To my Orthodox friends - this was just a joke. He also keeps icons according to the article).
Seriously, I thought that Perelman was Jewish and I don't know how reliable this Pravda article is. But anyway, there it is FYI.
 

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Well, wiki says he's from Jewish descent.

This isn't the first time I heard about him.  I saw a youtube video once talking about how he rejected a reward for solving something, and he refused, even after pleading with him to take the 1 million dollar prize.

According to this video, he's unemployed, lives with his mother, and lives in extremely poor conditions (the video mentioned roaches).

There's no mention of religion about him though.
 

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Oh, nope, it wasn't from a video, it was from bbc:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8585407.stm
Russian maths genius Grigory Perelman, who declined a prestigious international award four years ago, is under new pressure to accept a prize.
 

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minasoliman said:
Well, wiki says he's from Jewish descent.

This isn't the first time I heard about him.  I saw a youtube video once talking about how he rejected a reward for solving something, and he refused, even after pleading with him to take the 1 million dollar prize.

According to this video, he's unemployed, lives with his mother, and lives in extremely poor conditions (the video mentioned roaches).

There's no mention of religion about him though.
Yes, I think you have it right.
Here is a link to the Wikipedia article on Perelman:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Perelman
This article in the New York Review of Books says that he was born of Jewish parents:
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/apr/08/he-conquered-the-conjecture/
The article, Manifold Destiny, which appeared in the New Yorker, gives some background to the battle over who solved the Poincare conjecture. (Hint: It was Perelman, but it looks like there were others who might have tried to take credit for the full proof.)
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/08/28/060828fa_fact2

 
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