Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century by Masha Gessen

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Reviewed by Callistus Ndemo, NC State student, Applied Math

 

A detailed portrait of Grigori (Grisha) Perelman, a mathematical genius and myth who shocked the world by turning down the Fields Medal then later withdrawing completely from the world of Mathematics. Through interviews, Gessen traces Grisha's life from participating in Mathematics competitions when he was young, to life as a professor in the US missing his mother and his non-conformist perspective that led him away hibernating from the world.