Famed mathematician to tackle 'impossible' hypothesis
The University’s Department of Mathematics is to host a mathematician responsible for solving one of the subject’s most challenging problems.
In 1900, twenty-three 'unsolvable' mathematical problems, known as Hilbert's Problems, were compiled as a definitive list by mathematician David Hilbert.
A century later, the seven most important 'unsolvable' mathematical problems to date, known as the 'Millennium Problems', were listed by the Clay Mathematics Institute. Solving one of these Millennium Problems has a reward of US $1,000,000, and so far only one has been resolved.
Famed mathematician Yuri Matiyasevich found a negative solution to one of Hilbert's problems. Now, he's working on the more challenging of maths problems that appears on both lists: Riemann's zeta function hypothesis.
In a talk at our University, Mr. Matiyasevich will discuss zeros of Riemann's hypothesis, a conjecture so complex that even Hilbert himself commented: "If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?"
The talk will be particularly interesting for pure and applied mathematicians - but don't worry, those PhD students that come along will be able to understand from the introductory and review material!
'New Conjectures About Zeros of Riemann's Zeta Function' will take place at 2pm on the 18th of June, in Room 119 of the Michael Atiyah building. All are welcome.