Solving two of the milliondollar millennium problems
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2004 @ 21:50:38 MST Topic: Science
Mathematicians could be on the verge of solving two of the milliondollar millennium problems. One solution could lead to disaster for the internet. The other would reveal something profound about the nature of spacetime.
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 socalled 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 socalled Poincaré conjecture, then scientists will understand something profound about the nature of spacetime, experts told the British Association science festival in Exeter yesterday...
Read the whole story at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1298728,00.html

