Math in the News
Riemann Hypothesis Is 150 years Old
November 18, 2009
Nov. 18, 2009, has been officially declared Riemann Hypothesis Day to celebrate the 150th anniversary of one of the key unsolved problems in pure mathematics. Mathematical events are scheduled across the globe to celebrate this special occasion.
The conjecture deals with the distribution of the zeros of the Riemann zeta-function and offers implications about the distribution of prime numbers.
Bernhard Riemann submitted his findings to the Monatsberichte der Berliner Akademie on Oct. 19, 1859. His paper was read at the meeting of the academy two weeks later and published in November of that year.
To celebrate the anniversary, mathematicians from around the world will be giving lectures addressing various aspects of the hypothesis. The talks will take place at universities and institutions across the U.S., Europe, South America, and New Zealand (a complete list of events is available here).
Two celebrations have already taken place this year. In April, mathematicians at the Riemann International School of Mathematics, in Verbania, Italy, highlighted "Advances in Number Theory and Geometry: 150 Years of the Riemann Hypothesis." At Yonsei University, in Seoul, South Korea, the week of August 31 - September 5 was dubbed "Zeta Function Days."