23 August 2006

Good Will Hunting?

The Fields Medals [NewScientist.com] have been awarded, including one widely-anticipated no-show winner for potentially proving things that have stumped people for a loooooooong time: the Poincare Conjecture. [noticed on GeekPress]

(Okay, movie fans, here's supposedly one of the early "Good Will Hunting" drafts.

SEAN
Hey, Gerry. Um... Ladies and Gentlemen, we're in the presence of greatness. Professor Gerald Lambeau. Fields Medal Winner for Combinatory Mathematics.

LAMBEAU
Hello.

SEAN
Anyone know what the Fields Medal is? It's a really big deal. It's like the Nobel Prize for math, except they only give it out once every four years. It's a great thing. It's an amazing honor. Okay, everybody, that's it for today. Thanks and... we'll see you Monday? We'll be talking about Freud, and why he did enough cocaine to kill a small horse. Thank you. How are you?




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1 comment:

Professor B said...

The more I read about the Poincaré Conjecture, the less I actually understand it - I guess I should have paid more attention in all those advanced homeomorphic topology courses I took.

In any case, the New Yorker has an interesting article.

Hope things are well.