## Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of a LifetimeIn 2006, an eccentric Russian mathematician named Grigori Perelman solved one of the world's greatest intellectual puzzles. The Poincare conjecture is an extremely complex topological problem that had eluded the best minds for over a century. In 2000, the Clay Institute in Boston named it one of seven great unsolved mathematical problems, and promised a million dollars to anyone who could find a solution. Perelman was awarded the prize this year - and declined the money. Journalist Masha Gessen was determined to find out why. Drawing on interviews with Perelman's teachers, classmates, coaches, teammates, and colleagues in Russia and the US - and informed by her own background as a math whiz raised in Russia - she set out to uncover the nature of Perelman's astonishing abilities. In telling his story, Masha Gessen has constructed a gripping and tragic tale that sheds rare light on the unique burden of genius. |

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### Contents

A Beautiful School | |

A Perfect Score | |

Rules for Adulthood | |

Guardian Angels | |

Round Trip | |

The Problem | |

The Proof Emerges | |

The Madness | |

The MillionDollar Question | |

Epilogue | |

Acknowledgments | |

Notes | |

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