Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
A problem that has been confounding mathematicians for more than 150 years may have been solved by a Nigerian university professor. Dr Opeyemi Enoch, from the Federal University in the city of Oye Ekiti, is thought to have solved the Riemann Hypothesis - which has left mathematicians scratching their heads since it was first proposed by German Bernhard Riemann in 1859. He presented his proof at the International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science and, if he is proved correct…
Nigerian professor solves 150 year old maths problem A maths problem, which has gone more than 150 years without a solution, has finally been solved by Nigerian academic Dr. Opeyemi Enoch. The Riemann Hypothesis was first proposed by Bernhard Riemann in 1859. As the first person to provide a solution, Dr. Enoch has scooped a million dollar prize.
The distribution of primes among all natural numbers does not follow any pattern, however Riemann observed that the frequency of prime numbers is closely related to the behavior of an elaborate function ζ(s) = 1 + 1/2s + 1/3s + 1/4s + ...called the Riemann Zeta function. The Riemann hypothesis says that all interesting solutions of the equation ζ(s) = 0 lie on a certain vertical straight line. This has been checked for the first 1,500,000,000 solutions... but can it be proved?