In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Bruce Schechter" <email@example.com> wrote:
> I vaguely recall reading once that Hardy once found himself on board a > sinking ship and, fearful for his life, radioed to shore that he found a > proof of the Riemann hypothesis. Is this a true story? Can anyone give me a > reference to check it?
I think the story was that Hardy was about to embark on a long voyage and sent a postcard to a colleague claiming a proof of RH. Hardy's theory was that this would protect him from accidental death, as God would not give him the satisfaction of dying knowing that people thought he had a proof of RH.