Watching Over the Zeroes
10 October 2018 | 5:54 pm

How confident should we be that the Riemann Hypothesis is true? Composite of src1, src2 Andrew Odlyzko and Herman te Riele, in a 1985 paper, refuted a once widely believed conjecture from 1885 that implies the Riemann Hypothesis. The belief began a U-turn in the 1940s, and by the late 1970s the community was convinced […]

Reading Into Atiyah’s Proof
27 September 2018 | 4:23 am

The Todd function method MacTutor biography source John Todd was a British geometer who worked at Cambridge for most of his life. Michael Atiyah took classes from him there. He was not Atiyah’s doctoral advisor—that was William Hodge—but he advised Roger Penrose, Atiyah’s longtime colleague at Oxford. Today Ken and I want to add to […]

Preview of the Atiyah Talk
24 September 2018 | 1:54 am

Why the Riemann hypothesis is hard and some other observations. ICM 2018 “Matchmaking” source Michael Atiyah, as we previously posted, claims to have a proof that the Riemann Hypothesis (RH) is true. In the second half of a 9:00–10:30am session (3:00–4:30am Eastern time), he will unveil his claim. Today we discuss what the RH is […]


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