Hamilton, Perelman and the Poincare Conjecture

by Christina Sormani

The Poincare Conjecture says "hey, you've got this alien blob that can ooze its way out of the hold of any lasso you tie around it? Then that blob is just an out-of-shape ball". Perelman and Hamilton proved this fact by heating the blob up, making it sing, stretching it like hot mozzarella and chopping it into a million pieces. In short, the alien ain't no bagel you can swing around with a string through his hole.

Some links to this mathematics described for the layman are


The Human Side (please check out the transparencies above first):

The Verification Process:

The Millenium Prize:

Webpage written by Christina Sormani, CUNY Graduate Center and Lehman College