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Prestige is overrated?

Grigori Iakovlevitch Perelman proved the longstanding Poincaré conjecture and posted the solution on arXiv. One of the most difficult problems in Mathematics today. However, instead of publishing his work in a prestigious journal, he simply dropped it on an Internet archive. Maybe the Perelman story is meant to teach us something:

If your ideas are important enough and you get them out, people will pay attention to them, whether you publish in a high prestige peer-reviewed journal or not.

For more insights, see what Downes had to say.