A Nigerian academic, Dr Opeyemi Enoch, is a million dollars richer after he solved a maths problem that was too complex to solve for more than 150 years. Dr. Enoch, who teaches at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti became the first man to solve the Reimann Hypothesis, which was proposed by Bernhard Riemann in the year 1859.
Dr Opeyemi Enoch has had experiences working on mathematical models and structures for generating electricity from sound, thunder, and oceanic bodies. He terms this achievement, his biggest thus far. The Riemann Zeta Hypothesis is one of the seven Millennium problems put forward by the Clay Mathematics Institute with a million Dollar cash prize attached for each solved problem for the past 16 years.
According to software engineer Robert Elder, the complex Riemann conundrum is based on an observation Riemann made about the equation: Every value of the equation that makes it go to zero seems to lie on the exact same line. A statement released by the school authority reads:
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,” it stated.
This makes it the fourth to be solved of all the seven problems, and the first time a black man solved one of the problems.
Dr Opeyemi Enoch had previously designed a prototype of a silo for small scale farmers. He also discovered a scientific technique for detecting and tracking someone on an evil mission. Enoch has succeeded in inventing methods by which oil pipelines can be protected from vandalism, and he is currently working on mathematical approaches to climate change.
A statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday said Dr. Enoch’s presentation of the proof on November 11, 2015 during the International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science in Vienna, Austria is more symbolic because it occurred on the exact day and month 156 years after the problem was delivered by a German Mathematician in 1859.
The seven millennium problems are set out by the Massachusetts-based Clay Mathematical Institute (CMI) as being the “most difficult” to solve. And Dr Opeyemi Enoch, a Nigerian and African has finally achieved the feat that evaded scholars for years.
CMI have not confirmed nor dispelled Dr Opeyemi’s claim.