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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 milliondollar 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
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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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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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