4.0 out of 5 stars
An interesting and revealing read, of interest to those who wish for an insight into a complex mind, 8 Sept. 2012
It must be difficult to write a revealing and insightful biography of an individual who, by the nature of his achievements, appears distant and austere to the casual observer. How much more so then when the subject is as reclusive and disdainful of public acknowledgement as Gregori Perelman.
In this light particularly, Gessen's narrative of the circumstances to and factors influencing Perelman's great mathematical triumphs and sometimes confusing interactions with the world, is particularly illuminating. The interpolation of character and social backdrop yields interesting reading, although if one is looking for an account of Perelman's work on anything more than a conceptual level, in this book you will not find it (indeed, anything less than several years of concerted study, would be insufficient to fully capture even the vaguest outline of the work discussed).