Is Sir Michael Atiyah giving lecture on Monday Sept. 25 @ #HLF18? Yes.
Will he presenenting a proof of the Riemann Hypothesis? Yes, that is what his abstract says. pic.twitter.com/v1dJhUUUEk
— Heidelberg Laureate Forum (@HLForum) September 20, 2018
The internet is buzzing with the news: algebraic topologist and geometer Sir Michael Atiyah has announced that at his talk next Monday at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, he will deliver a simple new proof of the long-standing Riemann Hypothesis. The news comes as a surprise to many, considering that since the result has been unproven since its conjecture in 1859, if a proof does exist it will likely be far from simple.
Atiyah will speak at the HLF on Monday at 9am CEST, and his abstract, available to read through the HLF conference app, claims he will present “a simple proof using a radically new approach […] based on the work of Von Neumann (1936), Hirzebruch (1954) and Dirac (1928).”
In a lucky coincidence, intrepid Aperiodical stalwarts Katie and Paul will be at the HLF as part of their blog team – and will report back on whether a game-changing new proof really has been discovered, or if these claims are going to go the same way as Atiyah’s 2017 12-page proof of the odd order Feit-Thompson theorem, which we’ve heard little about since, or his sketch proof of the non-existence of a complex structure on the 6-sphere from 2016, which also didn’t result in anything.
Paul and Katie will be blogging from the HLF all week, where other laureates present will include this year’s Fields medalists Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli and Peter Scholze. We’ll share their blog posts here, and you can read content from the other members of the HLF blog team on their Spektrum blog.