The $1,000,000 Question

Published by patrick honner on

Riemann Zeta GraphThis article offers a nice introduction to the Riemann Hypothesis, one of the mathematics problems eligible for the Millennium Prize.

Solve it, and you’ll earn yourself one million dollars!  If you do solve it, I’d be happy to look it over before you submit your proposal to the committee.  Just send it my way and I’ll get back to you shortly.

If finding zeroes of the Riemann Zeta function is asking too much, the author offers up a classic problem in elementary number theory at the end of the article–something anyone with a few minutes to spare and a calculator can dive into.  It’s a surprisingly serious result, with a surprisingly easy solution!

patrick honner

Math teacher in Brooklyn, New York

1 Comment

Sam Kolins · December 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

It’s funny that the “24 problem” comes up at the end. We talked about it in class, I believe it was on one of your mod sheets. With Yang’s help, I managed to prove it. 😛

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