Is it possible to be a great mathematician in our home with a laptop+poor internet+electronic books+some books+a little food +a little money or not? without having a constant job without studying P.H.D or going to university or having a good master or traveling to other countries , in real life? i mean the life with all of it's problems?
it's not the whole problem: you don't have to be necessarily a person like "Sir Andrew Wiles" in a short time like 5 years studying. i mean consider a person who is not beginner in math. consider a normal person in Kabul university with Ms.c degree with some experience in math and who wanted to dominate in the book "Advanced topics in the arithmetic of elliptic curves" or "Robin Hartshorne's algebraic geometry" witch are very tough books for his level and he doesn't want to continue P.H.D degree in his/her town or any other countries and he works in a shop, but he has 1-2 hours per day to study one of this books and he expect to realize whole book after 15 months in average and after one year later give an article in "Inven Math" journal!.is it possible?
let me ask in another way: from 0 to 100% give me a distribution of effect of environment V.S personal will to be great superstar mathematician? is it possible to have a fields medalist from nigeria? chad? syria? yeman? afghanistan?
(of course he has access to Mathoverflow! -:)))))
if yes, i call him/her a great mathematician