Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of a Lifetime (Hardback)Masha Gessen (author)
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Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 243 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 13 mm
Perelman and the world of Soviet maths training make a fascinating, moving tale, and in 'Perfect Rigour' Masha Gessen tells it brilliantly. -- Sir Tom Stoppard
Perelman possessed and developed a perfect mathematical mind with which he achieved a unique triumph in maths. But having a perfect mind in an imperfect world, is almost bound to end in tragedy, as Masha Gessen's brilliant book reveals. -- Johnny Ball
Gessen gives us a long and vivid description of the world of Soviet mathematics in the 1970s.... Gessen paints a memorable picture of a Soviet sub-culture in which the great players of the mathematical game were nurtured much like the most promising young tennis stars... Gessen's research and reportage portrays the ultimate misfit mathematician... -- Graham Farmelo, Times
This strange tale highlights the intensity of the world of modern mathematics and the nature of some of the semi-autistic savants who live in it.... 'Perfect Rigour' is readable, coherent, and enjoyable and we get a distinct image of a man crippled by his inabilities to empathize with or understand other men or women. -- Robin McKie, Observer
[I] hugely enjoyed reading Masha Gessen's book. It gives the reader such an insight into Perelman, mathematics and Soviet education. The book will sit on my shelves between Simon Singh's Fermat's 'Last Theorem' and Graham Farmelo's 'The Strangest Man'. -- Professor Michael Reiss, University of London
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