You'd Win $1 Million If You Solved The Riemann Hypothesis

Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event. The Curiosity team will be viewing the eclipse alongside NASA in Carbondale, Illinois. Follow us on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews on the big day.

The Riemann hypothesis is one of the Clay Mathematics Institute's Millennium Prize Problems. Here is the problem, as written by the CMI: "The prime number theorem determines the average distribution of the primes. The Riemann hypothesis tells us about the deviation from the average. Formulated in Riemann's 1859 paper, it asserts that all the 'non-obvious' zeros of the zeta function are complex numbers with real part 1/2."

Solve this problem (or any of the Millennium Prize Problems), and you'll be awarded $1 million. Because this problem remains unsolved, surely you've guessed that it's pretty complicated to explain in simpler terms. It deals with prime numbers and functions, and we'll let the video below parse out the rest.

The Unsolved Riemann Hypothesis

Solve it to become a millionaire!

An Explanation Of The Riemann Hypothesis

Try to wrap your head around it.

Share the knowledge!

The Key to the Riemann Hypothesis

Maybe by now you're getting a step closer to solving it...

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.