Tuesday, June 19, 2007

‘Good Will Hunting’ Lives With Mom

JERUSALEM (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Solving math problems could earn you big bucks, but not if you’re a mama’s boy.

That sums up the story behind George Szpiro’s book Poincare’s Prize (Dutton) about a 100-year-old math problem solved by a 41-year-old Russian man named Grigori Perelman, who had no interest in claiming the one-million-dollar prize for solving the massive math mystery.

Szpiro says most groundbreaking mathematicians are just like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, who subtract their formulaic fame for a special lady – sometimes even their moms.

For example, in “mathe-magician” Perelman’s case, he opted to live at home with his mother rather than claiming his million dollar prize for solving the math riddle, which Szpiro says just doesn’t add up.

As he puts it, “Usually these math geniuses are young 17, 18, or 19-year-old men, and most of these brilliant mathematicians do go after the girl like in Good Will Hunting. But in this case, the girl happened to be his mom.”

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