Writing for Nautilus, Jennifer Ouellette observes that for all the public's curiosity, Grigori Perelman's reasons for turning down prizes and withdrawing from society remain largely unknown.
Ouellette summarizes Perelman's early education and rise to prominence and relays speculation that the reclusive mathematician has an acute form of Asperger's syndrome.
In the end, though
The truth is that Perelman’s exact reasons for becoming a virtual recluse are likely to remain a mystery. It is still an unanswered, and possibly unanswerable, question.
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