How to Win a Million Dollars: Solving the Millennium Prize Problems

Dates:March 18 - April 22, 2021
Meets:Th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, 6 sessions
Location:Online Zoom
Instructor:John Hessler
Fee: $158.00

Thurs., Mar. 18-Apr. 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. EST

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Course Description

In 2004, the Clay Mathematics Institute picked seven outstanding problems in mathematics, physics and computer science, whose solution would win its solver a prize of 1-million-dollars. Since the offering of the prize only one has been solved. They are seven of the most difficult and outstanding problems in the history of mathematics and physics. This class will introduce these problems and discuss why they have resisted the attempts of some of the world's greatest mathematicians. In doing so we will discuss the philosophy of modern mathematics and physics and investigate the conceptual difficulties surrounding all seven, the names of which are unknown to most of the public. The list of the problems is daunting-and includes the, Navier-Stokes Equations, the P versus NP problem, and the Riemann hypothesis. Participants need no mathematical background, just a desire to think abstractly and to explore the conceptual frontiers of modern mathematics. And who knows, you might will find a way to the 1-million-dollar prize.