The Return of Zeta
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Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)  
The Riemann hypothesis is widely considered the outstanding unsolved problem in mathematics. Generations of mathematicians have been lured into hunting for a proof of this celebrated conundrum. All have so far failed. Lately, however, a cautious optimism has taken hold among mathematicians tangling with the problem. New approaches show promise, potentially bringing a proof of the Riemann hypothesis within reach. One of the most exciting possibilities involves an astonishing, unexpected connection between the distribution of prime numbers and the energy levels of excited atoms. The vehicle is a branch of mathematics known as random matrix theory...  


Levels:  High School (912), College 
Languages:  English 
Resource Types:  Articles 
Math Topics:  Eigenvectors/Eigenvalues, Matrices, Prime Numbers, Number Theory, Analytic Number Theory 
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