publication date: Monday, October 2, 2006 (part of Round XXVIII)
clue: After 100 years, the million-dollar solution to a French geometric mystery has come from St. Petersburg, by a man who wants nothing to do with the field.
explanation: Perelman was a Russian mathematician who withdrew from the academic field over his controversial solution to the century-old Poincaré conjecture, a solution that has won him part of the million-dollar Millenium Prize. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Dave Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Tony Peters, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Chris McKinnon, Todd Brotsch, Adrianne Rodgers, Kerry Odell, Josh Paddison, Joy Dunn, and Aaron Weiss