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A British mathematician thinks he’s cracked a secret worth a million bucks

But proving the Riemann Hypothesis isn't that simple.
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Riemann, 1859.

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For almost 160 years, the Riemann hypothesis has been one of mathematics most famous unsolved problems. Every so often, a new mathematician arrives on the scene having developed a working proof to the hypothesis, but none have succeeded thus far in drafting up a widely-accepted solution.

Our latest contender, however, isn’t just some newbie looking to make a name for themselves. On Monday, Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, a retired and well-renowned mathematician from the UK, delivered a talk at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum where he outlined . If Atiyah’s work holds up

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