Hi,

I want to know why is the Riemann hypothesis still unsolved? I really want to know the reasons due to which it is still unsolved.

Started by Sriman Dutta, Oct 18, 2016

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 02:55 PM

Hi,

I want to know why is the Riemann hypothesis still unsolved? I really want to know the reasons due to which it is still unsolved.

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 09:46 PM

It is a difficult problem. What are you thinking by asking "why"?

Posted 19 October 2016 - 12:13 AM

It is a difficult problem. What are you thinking by asking "why"?

How do we know it's difficult? Because so many people have been unable to solve it!

OP has a good question. What is it, exactly, that makes RH a difficult problem? Why have FLT and the Poincaré conjecture been solved, but not RH?

That's way above my pay grade. But at heart it's a very good question IMO.

**Edited by wtf, 19 October 2016 - 12:13 AM.**

Posted 19 October 2016 - 01:57 AM

Nobody can find a technique that can predict what the next prime will be, to infinity without going through the list and working it out. They are trying to find a bespoke formula that can predict them; a shortcut. The pattern of occurrence of primes appears to be random but I think they think otherwise and, I think, that's one of the reasons why it is so difficult. This article by Marcus Du Sautoy gives an easy, potted read to the problem and it's history..

https://plus.maths.o...-number-lottery

**Edited by StringJunky, 19 October 2016 - 01:59 AM.**

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 04:09 PM

So now I get that.

Thanks for all your help.

We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence is then not an act but a habit.

-Aristotle

Excellence is then not an act but a habit.

-Aristotle

Posted 20 November 2016 - 11:06 PM

Nobody can find a technique that can predict what the next prime will be, to infinity without going through the list and working it out. They are trying to find a bespoke formula that can predict them; a shortcut. The pattern of occurrence of primes appears to be random but I think they think otherwise and, I think, that's one of the reasons why it is so difficult. This article by Marcus Du Sautoy gives an easy, potted read to the problem and it's history..

Actually *we think *that the primes behave essentially like a pseudo-random number sequence (with a few known differences that are already well-understood). The Riemann hypothesis would confirm some that (at least in parts). It would allow to make a lot of predictions about the behaviour of primes (because many methods used to study random number sequences could be used to tackle prime numbers).

It's a common misconception that the Riemann hypothesis would result in hidden patterns in the prime numbers. The opposite is true: The reason why there are so many unproven conjectures about primes is that we don't know if there are any fancy, hidden patterns.

**Edited by renerpho, 20 November 2016 - 11:07 PM.**

Posted 21 November 2016 - 03:34 PM

Actually

we thinkthat the primes behave essentially like a pseudo-random number sequence (with a few known differences that are already well-understood). The Riemann hypothesis would confirm some that (at least in parts). It would allow to make a lot of predictions about the behaviour of primes (because many methods used to study random number sequences could be used to tackle prime numbers).

It's a common misconception that the Riemann hypothesis would result in hidden patterns in the prime numbers. The opposite is true: The reason why there are so many unproven conjectures about primes is that we don't know if there are any fancy, hidden patterns.

Right. Thanks for the clarification.

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