Harvard Math Professor Says New Yorker Defamed Him

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Shing-Tung Yau, a Harvard math professor whose attempt to solve a legendary math problem was written about in the August 28th issue of the New Yorker, is accusing the magazine of defaming him.

In a letter to the magazine, Yau’s lawyer Howard Cooper demanded prominently-printed corrections and apologize for the “insulting illustration” that accompanied the article.

New Yorker editor David Remnick told the Boston Herald that the magazine “painstakingly checked the facts” in the article “as we do with all pieces in The New Yorker.”