Maths genius declines top prize. The prize in question is the Fields Medal. The research in question concerns the Poincaré conjecture, which is all about how to define a sphere, topologically. “He has a different psychological make up, which makes him see life differently”, says one mathematician of the reclusive genius. Is that a nice way of saying he’s a bit nuts?
Here in Australia, the self-proclaimed “Oscars of Australian science” – the Eureka prizes – have been announced.