Odyssey: How to Win $1 Million: Solving the Millennium Prize Problems

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. 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 find a way to the $1 million prize.

914.608.01 via Zoom
Thursday, March 18 to April 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (6 sessions)
Cost: $158

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% remission; spouse for 50%. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. For registration details, email bhebron@jhu.edu.