WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Reimann hypothesis, if proven, can map out the distribution of prime numbers.
- Sir Michael Atiyah could be awarded $1 million if his proof is correct.
- Some of Atiyah’s peers argue that his math seems somewhat inconclusive.
The Reimann hypothesis is involved in the distribution of prime numbers – numbers that you can only get by multiplying the number one and themselves. These numbers continue on into an infinite pattern that is difficult to trace.
Also known as the “Everest of Mathematics”, proving the hypothesis would provide mathematicians with a map of all prime numbers. This would be considered quite a breakthrough in the field of mathematics.
Renowned mathematician, Sir Michael Atiyah, says that he’s solved the 160-year-old riddle. He presented what he called a “simple proof” to the hypothesis Monday, during a 45-minute talk at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany.
Atiyah, who has won multiple awards and is a mathematician emeritus at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said, “Nobody believes any proof of the Riemann hypothesis because it is so difficult. Nobody has proved it, so why should anybody prove it now? Unless, of course, you have a totally new idea.”
He also said that the insights of two leading 20th-century mathematicians were combined to form his proof.
If it passes the rigorous peer review process and Atiyah is correct, the mathematician could be awarded the $1 million Millennium Prize by the New Hampshire-based Clay Mathematics Institute.
Some of his colleagues are not so sure about his math though. One of them being Jørgen Veisdal, an economist from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
He told Science Magazine, “What he showed in the presentation is very unlikely to be anything like a proof of the Riemann hypothesis as we know it.” The economist described Atiyah’s math as “too vague and unspecific
Source: New York Post