British-Lebanese mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah claims that he has found a “simple self-contained proof” for Riemann hypothesis, which underlies all the contemporary cryptography.
Professor at Edinburgh University and the winner of many awards and distinctions in mathematics, Sir Francis Atiyah provided his proof during a 45-minutes long talk at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) 2018 on September 24.
The hypothesis describing Riemann zeta function is unproven till date since 1859, and it’s one of those problems which have a million dollar prize declared for the solver by Clay Mathematics Institute. It has much to do with the study of distribution of prime numbers in a sequence of natural numbers. Mathematicians and computer scientists feel that the technique that successfully proves Riemann hypothesis may elucidate some sort of connection between different prime numbers, and that connection may later be exploited by someone to break the majority of modern day cryptography.
There have been attempts in past to prove it, which failed. For example, a Nigerian academician Opeyemi Enoch claimed to have found the proof of this hypothesis, but he was soon discredited.
Mathematics community is now to study Atiyah’s proof. If it turns out to be valid, Professor Atiyah will become a worldwide famous winner of a million dollar prize.
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