Thursday, March 18, 2010

First Clay Mathematics Institute Millennium Prize Announced Today

It looks like the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) is parting with its first one million USD. Indeed, today the CMI  announced that Grigoriy Perelman is the recipient of the Millennium Prize for the resolution of the Poincar√© conjecture. Full details are here and a full-length press release is also available. 

What do you think will be the next Millennium Prize Problem to fall? It seems very unlikely that it will be our own P vs. NP problem, but, as Bohr taught us,  “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future".  


Warren said...

Considering Perelman's habit of rejecting prizes, CMI may keep the prize money after all.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and perhaps that was CMI's hidden rationale for giving the prize exclusively to Perelman... ? (as opposed to sharing w/ those who fleshed out details of his proof)

Anonymous said...

Fleshed out the details of his proof, please! You could make an argument that Hamilton deserved some of the credit for building the machinery, but if people begin sharing prizes for just rewriting the SAME proofs then we are in deep trouble,