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    I thought people may be interested in this: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0609070717.htm.
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    (Original post by mikesgt2)
    I thought people may be interested in this: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0609070717.htm.
    It'll be interesting to see if the 'proof' holds up to close scrutiny or if it fundamentally flawed. If it is a genuine proof this is quite a momentus occasion - bigger than fermats last theorem
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    I don't get zeta functions?! :confused:
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    (Original post by shiny)
    I don't get zeta functions?! :confused:
    but think how many people have claimed to prove reemann in the past....
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    (Original post by Katie Heskins)
    but think how many people have claimed to prove reemann in the past....
    lol I just read the article...
    anyone ever read dr riemanns zeros? Louis de branges features in half the book! He's said he's proved it before.
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    There are a number of unsuccessful proofs listed here: http://www.maths.ex.ac.uk/~mwatkins/zeta/RHproofs.htm.

    Clearly I know nothing about the validity of this proposed proof, but it does seem that at the current time there is no independant scrutiny to suggest that this is indeed a correct proof.

    Also, I really don't understand the zeta function. It is defined as

    zeta(s) = SUM{n=1 -> infinity} 1/n^s

    and I know some of the famous results: zeta(2) = pi^2/6, zeta(4) = pi^4/90, ... However, it apparantly has trivial zeros at negative even numbers. This does not make sense to me since we have for example

    zeta(-4) = 0
    SUM{n=1 -> infinity} 1/n^(-4) = 0
    SUM{n=1 -> infinity} n^4 = 0
    1^4 + 2^4 + 3^4 + 4^4 + ... = 0

    but surely the left hand side is infinity. It just seems to me to be absurd, am I missing somthing?
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    Imagine if it's wrong. twenty oddd years work down the drain.

    MB
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    (Original post by It'sPhil...)
    It'll be interesting to see if the 'proof' holds up to close scrutiny or if it fundamentally flawed. If it is a genuine proof this is quite a momentus occasion - bigger than fermats last theorem
    I don't think this is bigger than FLT. For me, FLT is a lot more compelling problem, it is easy to understand rather than an abstract area of number theory. But, I certainly agree that it is a momentus occasion if it is indeed proven.
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    who judges whether the proof is correct? when does he get his $1000000? If he's proved wrong does he have to give the money back?

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    (Original post by musicboy)
    who judges whether the proof is correct? when does he get his $1000000? If he's proved wrong does he have to give the money back?
    I am not entirely sure. However, I heard that the $1,000,000 is not given out until the proof has been rigorously checked over a period of 2 years. In other words, they do not give out the money easily.
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    Why has he called it "Apology for the proof of the Reimann Hypothesis"?
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    (Original post by chrisbphd)
    Why has he called it "Apology for the proof of the Reimann Hypothesis"?
    That's what I thought. He's got ideas about what to spend the money on as well, right at the end.
 
 
 

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