2008 AMS Levi L. Conant Prize Recipient
THE RIEMANN HYPOTHESIS - A MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY
The famous Riemann Hypothesis is nearly 150 years old. It was on Hilbert's list of 23 problems in 1900 and now it is on the Clay list of Millennium Prize Problems, and has a one million dollar reward for its solution.
Many people regard it as the most important unsolved problem in all of mathematics. In this talk we will explain exactly what the Riemann Hypothesis is and give some of the colorful history that has grown up around efforts to solve it.
Brian Conrey is the founding Executive Director of the American Institute of Mathematics. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan, has served on the faculties of University of Illinois and Oklahoma State University, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study. He serves as an editor of the Journal of Number Theory and is also active in several outreach programs for high school students interested in mathematics.