Win a million dollars with maths, No. 1_ The Riemann Hypothesis _ Matt Parker _ Science _ theguardia

# Win a million dollars with maths, No. 1_ The Riemann Hypothesis _ Matt Parker _ Science _ theguardia

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9/2/13 Win a million dollars with maths, No. 1: The Riemann Hypothesis | Matt Parker | Science | theguardian.com www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2010/nov/03/million-dollars-maths-riemann-hypothesis 1/4 Huge primes are used to encry pt information. The Riemann Hy pothesis calculates how many there are beneath a giv en threshold. Photograph: Graham Turner/Guardian The first million-dollar maths puzzle is called the Riemann Hypothesis . First proposed by Bernhard Riemann in 1859 it offers valuable insights into prime numbers but it is based on an unexplored mathematical landscape. If you can show that its mathematical path will always lie true, \$1m (£600,000) is all yours. Mathematicians are obsessed with primes because they are the foundation of all other Welcome Lim Jingwen Dorothy, sign into the Guardian with Facebook Win a million dollars with maths, No. 1: The Riemann Hypothesis In the first of his series on the seven Millennium Prize Problems the most intractable problems in mathematics – Matt Parker introduces the Riemann Hypothesis

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9/2/13 Win a million dollars with maths, No. 1: The Riemann Hypothesis | Matt Parker | Science | theguardian.com www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2010/nov/03/million-dollars-maths-riemann-hypothesis 2/4 numbers. Prime numbers in mathematics are like atoms in chemistry, bricks in the construction industry and ludicrous pay cheques in professional football. Everything is built up from these fundamental units and you can investigate the integrity of something by taking a close look at the units from which it is made. To investigate how a number
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