Slashdot | Riemann Hypothesis Proved? If so, the person responsible could win a US$1million Millenium Prize. Excuse-fucking-me? US$1m for solving a maths problem? I'm no maths geek, so perhaps the value of this is just beyond my grasp. Of all the times I've seen or heard people talk about "important" mathematical advances, I've never seen an adequate description of why they are so important. Occasionally some oblique reference is made to a possible practical application; but mostly it all seems like a particularly snooty arm of pure academia. Besides that; if it takes million dollar incentives to get people to work on a problem, perhaps some re-evaluation is due.
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