06th - 11th October 2016
bande annonce

The Spell of the Poincaré Conjecture

Saturday 11th October 2008 from 17h00 to 18h30
Salle 1 / Auditorium
Session for general audience

Directed by
Masahito Kasuga
Written by
Masahito Kasuga
Produced by

Documentary, Japan, 2007, 59 min

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Prize

What is the shape of our universe? The Poincaré Conjecture, formulated in 1904 by French mathematician and philosopher Henri Poincaré, promised to shed light on that question.

Yet it remained unproved for a century, as scores of mathematicians tried and failed to establish a full proof, though many advanced the quest. Some devoted their entire careers to the effort; the frustration of failure drove several of them to the brink of madness.

Recently, a reclusive Russian genius named Grigori Perelman offered an innovative proof that has now been confirmed. Yet he has refused the Fields Medal, mathematics’ highest honor. He has also resigned from his research institute and almost completely disappeared from society. The brilliant solution has thus yielded a personal conundrum. This program explores a century of intellectual struggle, a story that spans heartbreaking defeats and awe-inspiring triumphs.


Debate with :

  • Vincent Colin, professor, Mathematics and their interactions