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Although this was expected, it is very exciting now that it is official.

Now, we'll have to see whether Dr. Perelman will accept this honor. He astonished people worldwide when he declined the Field Medal: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/22/science/22cnd-math.html

I recommend reading "Perfect Rigor - A genius & the mathematical breakthrough of the century" by Masha Gessen. It provides the best possible insights into Perelman's life and work and details why he most probably will not ever accept this prize.

She certainly isn't a Ph.D., but a journalist who writes stories. I found the book interesting nonetheless, one can read it pretty quickly. It illuminated Perelman's decisions and provided insights into his character. Relating to math, it's certainly only for laymen.

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