Decision on Clay Millennium Prize reversed April 1, 2010Posted by apetrov in Funny, Science.
Following today’s announcement of detection of a graviton at Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF), Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) of Cambrige, Massachusetts decided to reverse its recent decision to award the first Millennium Prize to a Russian mathematician Grigoriy Perelman and give it to Walter L. Wagner of Hawaii for his prediction that a catastrophic black hole will be created at the LHC that will eventually destroy the whole world.
James Karlson, President of CMI, explained the stunning decision by saying, “while the resolution of the Poincaré conjecture by Grigoriy Perelman brings to a close the century-long quest for the solution, he is well-known in mathematical circles not to accept any prizes. Mr. Wagner’s prediction, buttressed by today’s observation of graviton at Fermi National Accelerator Lab, clearly points that the catastrophic black hole production at a much powerful collider, the LHC at CERN, is imminent. Since we already wrote that $1M prize off our tax return forms (remember, the tax day is April 15, regardless of whether the world is going to end or not), we needed to get rid of this money quickly.”
This prize marks a turning point in the recognition of amateur doomsday scientists and finally underscores their role in our society. For more information, please see the original press release.