^{ Type post Author Denyse O'Leary Date September 30, 2018 Categorized Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Philosophy Tagged , prime numbers }

## Why proving the Riemann hypothesis matters

_{ Denyse O'Leary September 30, 2018 Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Philosophy }

Prime numbers are the “building blocks for larger numbers”: The Riemann hypothesis is a statement about a mathematical curiosity known as the Riemann zeta function. That function is closely entwined with prime numbers — whole numbers that are evenly divisible only by 1 and themselves. Prime numbers are mysterious: They are scattered in an inscrutable pattern across the number line, making it difficult to predict where each prime number will fall (SN Online: 4/2/08). But if the Riemann zeta function meets a certain condition, Riemann realized, it would reveal secrets of the prime numbers, such as how many primes exist below a given number. That required condition is the Riemann hypothesis. It conjectures that certain zeros of the function — Read More ›