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Interesting piece in The Guardian about Grigory Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathmatics genius, who has spurned a $1 million prize.

Perelman refuses to talk to the journalists camped outside his home. One who managed to reach him on his mobile was told: "You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms." The handful of neighbours who have seen him paint a picture of a scruffily dressed, unworldly eccentric. "He always wears the same tatty coat and trousers. He never cuts his nails or beard. When he walks he simply stares at the ground, rather than looking from side to side," one told a Moscow newspaper.

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-- Luke Allnutt

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