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Sir Michael Atiyah claims to have solved Riemann hypothesis | Sir Michael Atiyah claims to have solved Riemann hypothesis | ||

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Famous mathematician claims to have solved a 160-year-old problem | Famous mathematician claims to have solved a 160-year-old problem | ||

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<a style="font-weight: bold;" href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Atiyah#/search">Michael Francis Atiyah</a><b>, an 89-year-old British mathematician </b><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3j3kk/a-mathematician-may-have-just-solved-a-a-160-year-old-dollar1-million-problem">claims</a><b> (</b><em style="font-weight: bold;">Motherboard</em><b>) that he has solved the Riemann hypothesis | <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Atiyah#/search">Michael Francis Atiyah</a><b>, an 89-year-old British mathematician </b><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3j3kk/a-mathematician-may-have-just-solved-a-a-160-year-old-dollar1-million-problem">claims</a><b> (</b><em style="font-weight: bold;">Motherboard</em><b>) that he has solved the Riemann hypothesis - a problem that has baffled thinkers for 160 years.</b> | ||

His claimed proof will likely take days or possibly months to check by other experts. | His claimed proof will likely take days or possibly months to check by other experts. | ||

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The Riemann hypothesis concerns the average distribution of <a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_number">prime numbers.</a> Prime numbers are natural numbers (0, 1, 2, 3...) greater than 1 and which cannot be formed by multiplying two smaller natural numbers. | The Riemann hypothesis concerns the average distribution of <a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_number">prime numbers.</a> Prime numbers are natural numbers (0, 1, 2, 3...) greater than 1 and which cannot be formed by multiplying two smaller natural numbers. | ||

<h2>Skepticism</h2> | |||

Some mathematicians who listened to his lecture on his "proof" were <a href="https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/skepticism-surrounds-renowned-mathematician-s-attempted-proof-160-year-old-hypothesis">skeptical</a> (<em>Science</em>). | Some mathematicians who listened to his lecture on his "proof" were <a href="https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/skepticism-surrounds-renowned-mathematician-s-attempted-proof-160-year-old-hypothesis">skeptical</a> (<em>Science</em>). | ||

“What he showed in the presentation is very unlikely to be anything like a proof of the Riemann hypothesis as we know it,” Jørgen Veisdal, an economist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim said. “It is simply too vague and unspecific.” | <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">“What he showed in the presentation is very unlikely to be anything like a proof of the Riemann hypothesis as we know it,” Jørgen Veisdal, an economist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim said. “It is simply too vague and unspecific.”</span> | ||

The Riemann hypothesis is one of the <a href="http://www.claymath.org/millennium-problems">Clay Institute's</a> six unsolved "Millennium Prize" problems and is eligible for a | The Riemann hypothesis is one of the <a href="http://www.claymath.org/millennium-problems">Clay Institute's</a> six unsolved "Millennium Prize" problems and is eligible for a 1 million USD prize. | ||

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