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Topic: Hardy and the sinking ship.
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Gerry Myerson

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Re: Hardy and the sinking ship.
Posted: Feb 26, 1998 8:52 PM
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In article <6d4ub5$dcu@chile.earthlink.net>, "Bruce Schechter"
<bruce@bookbuzz.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.

Gerry Myerson (gerry@mpce.mq.edu.au)

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