Thursday, February 19, 2009

Contactees could win a million..!

This is James Black brilliant idea. People allegedly in contact with good, communicative aliens, just need to ask them to solve the Riemann Equation and win a million without effort.

The Riemann zeta-function ΞΆ(s) is defined for all complex numbers s ≠ 1. It has zeros at the negative even integers (i.e. at s = −2, s = −4, s = −6, ...). These are called the trivial zeros. The Riemann hypothesis is concerned with the non-trivial zeros, and states that:

The real part of any non-trivial zero of the Riemann zeta function is ½.

Thus the non-trivial zeros should lie on the so-called critical line, ½ + it, where t is a real number and i is the imaginary unit.

A $1,000,000 prize has been offered by the Clay Mathematical Institute for the first correct proof.