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British mathematician claims proof of 160-year-old Riemann hypothesis

Michael Francis Atiyah claims to have solved the Riemann Hypothesis

89-year-old British mathematician, the winner of the Abel Prize and the Fields Medal, Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, claims that he has come up with the proof of Riemann Hypothesis, saying the proof to be “a simple proof that uses a radically new approach”.

One of the most important unsolved problems in mathematics may have been solved, retired mathematician Atiyah is set to claim on Monday, September 24. In a talk at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, Atiyah will present what he refers to as a “simple proof” of the Riemann hypothesis, a problem which has vexed mathematicians for almost 160 years.

Atiyah is one of the UK’s most eminent mathematical figures. He also served as president of the London Mathematical Society, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

As one of the six unsolved Clay Millennium Problems, the Clay Mathematics Institute will award $1 million to the proof of this hypothesis.

The hypothesis was formulated by German mathematician Bernhard Riemann in 1859.

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