Russian Jewish mathematician Grigori Perelman proved the Poincaré Conjecture in 7 years of solitude research in his Russian apartment – same 7 years of solitude for Andrew Wiles (The Fermat’s Last Theorem) in the Cambridge attic house and Zhang Yitang 张益唐 (7-Million-Gap Twin Primes) in the “Subway” sandwich kitchen.
7 is the Perfect Number. 1 week has 7 days, according to the “Book of Genesis”, God created the universe in 6 days and rested “Sabbath” on the beautiful 7th day.
People involved in his journey:
His mother who supported his early education in Math, all the way to his international fame and adulthood — Erdös Paul also had a mother supporting her single son in the entire Mathematical life.
Prof Hamilton who “unintentionally” gave him the inspiration of the “Ricci-flow” tool – the first key to the door of The Poincaré Conjecture.
His closed Chinese friend the MIT Math Prof 田刚 (Tian Gang) – a PhD student of Prof S.T. Yau.
Fields Medal which he rejected — reason being he felt Prof Hamilton deserved a share of the credit.
Clay Prize which he rejected the U$ 1 million — for the same reason as the Fields Medal.
Prof S.T. Yau (邱成桐) ‘s lawsuit against “The New Yorker” jounalists on “The Poincaré Conjecture” article regarding the purported claims by his 2 Chinese mathematician students.