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The times they are a-changing

January 5, 2011


  Some  of the 2010 developments which Andrés Oppenheimer thinks are shaping the coming years. Asiatic students ranked high in standardized tests, announcing a possible future leadership in innovation. While Brazil became a star as an emergent economy, its diplomacy showed an “alarming” independence towards such “pariah” states like Iran. Finally, the prosecution of Julian […]

Grigori Perelman, misfit genius?

June 7, 2010


Since the dramatic John Nash’s history got filmed in “A beautiful mind”, the topic of the “misfit genius” became one of the preferred by the mass media. And the disconcerting Russian mathematician Perelman fits the mould. After a a precocious ascendent career in Europe and USA, he  turned down some unique academic offers in 1995 […]