Solving two of the million-dollar millennium problems
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2004 @ 21:50:38 MST
Topic: Science


Mathematicians could be on the verge of solving two of the million-dollar millennium problems. One solution could lead to disaster for the internet. The other would reveal something profound about the nature of space-time.

Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet

Tim Radford, science editor
Tuesday September 7, 2004
The Guardian

Mathematicians could be on the verge of solving two separate million dollar problems. If they are right - still a big if - and somebody really has cracked the so-called Riemann hypothesis, financial disaster might follow. Suddenly all cryptic codes could be breakable. No internet transaction would be safe.

On the other hand, if somebody has already sorted out the so-called Poincaré conjecture, then scientists will understand something profound about the nature of spacetime, experts told the British Association science festival in Exeter yesterday...

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