World’s top maths genius jobless and living with mother

A maths genius who won fame last week for apparently spurning a million-dollar prize is living with his mother in a humble flat in St Petersburg, co-existing on her £30-a-month pension, because he has been unemployed since December.”

This is just sad. I hope a western institute could take care of his financials for a while and employ him.

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Eugenia wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 2:33 AM PST:

I think he has lost all hope… I think his problem is psychological at this point.

stormrider wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 11:00 AM PST:

of couse it’s psychological, he could have been employed in any job in the world.
generaly speaking, you can’t imagine how many smart people you can find in any low-level bar being drunk every night (and of course being considered by the other people as stupid losers).

mikesum32 wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 12:43 PM PST:

Why would he not take the money if he earned it?

Tam Hanna wrote on August 22nd, 2006 at 3:34 AM PST:

full ack here. People sometimes give up because they cant stand the need to “fight” for their place…

I learned this lesson the REALLY hard way and now try to teach it to selected friends…who usually are too kind-hearted to understand.

As one says in austria: it always hits the good guys

Gotta go back to tech…really shouldnt write about politics and stuff
Tam Hanna

Michael Oryl wrote on August 22nd, 2006 at 10:48 AM PST:

Well, he turned down the prize money for the Fields award, and seems likely to turn down the million dollar prize he’ll earn if his proof is fully validated. I think he *wants* to be unemployed.

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