However, if Dr Opeyemi Enoch 's formula and solution is correct he would be awarded a $1million (200 million Naira) prize.
Nigerian professor goes viral all over the world after he ‘solved 156-year-old mathematics problem’
A maths problem that has eluded scholars and mathematicians for 156 years has been solved by a Nigerian professor at the Federal University of Oye Ekiti State.
Professor Enoch found a solution to the Riemann Hypothesis – a mathematical problem first proposed by German mathematician Bernhard Riemann in 1859.
The mathematical problem makes up one of the seven ‘millennium unsolved problems’, proposed by the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2000. Metro UK reports.
So far only one of the problems has been solved – and the man who solved it in 2010, Grigori Perelman, actually declined the award, and the prize money!
A statement released by the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, says: ‘Dr Enoch first investigated and then established the claims of Riemann.
‘He went on to consider and to correct the misconceptions that were communicated by mathematicians in the past generations, thus paving way for his solutions and proofs to be established.
‘He also showed how other problems of this kind can be formulated and obtained the matrix that Hilbert and Poly predicted will give these undiscovered solutions. He revealed how these solutions are applicable in cryptography, quantum information science and in quantum computers.’
However before giving Dr Enoch the prize money and the award, several mathematicians will have to verify Enoch’s solution.
However, the Clay Math institute has distanced itself from claims that the Riemann Hypothesis, has been solved by the Nigerian professor.
A spokesperson for the Clay Mathematics Institute said: ‘As a matter of policy, the CMI does not comment on solutions to the Millennium Problems.’
It is hoped that professor Enoch would win the prize money.
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