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Legend has it that John Milnor... was asleep in a math class as the professor wrote three unsolved knot theory problems... he wakes up and thinks they're homework problems... comes back next week with the answers.
What do you think about this? I've heard this story thrown around a lot so I'm realllly unsure whether this is true in regard to John Milnor. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wfisher (talk • contribs)
It's not true. There's a similar true story about George Dantzig. Also, Milnor proved the Fary-Milnor theorem as an undergrad, although I'm sure he knew it was an open problem. Somehow the stories got mixed together and became this "legend". --C S(Talk) 23:20, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
I've removed the statement about him mistaking the problem for homework. As far as I can tell, it is indeed just a confabulation of the true story about Dantzig. Furthermore, there was no citation, so the story was completely unfounded.--18.104.22.168 (talk) 03:04, 17 January 2015 (UTC)