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Nigerian professor claims having solved a 150 year-old math problem

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Clay Mathematics Institute offers a million dollars to the first person who is able to solve a problem formulated in 1859. Opeyemi Enoch, a Nigerian professor, claims he has solved it.

Why isn’t 5x3 the same as 3x5? This is the hypothesis Bernhard Riemann formulated 150 years ago. After several years of investigation and motivated by students who need the money, Enoch says he has the solution. Now the Clay Institute must check Enoch’s solution and decide if he has in fact solved on of the seven problems Reimann formulated to honor mathematics. If Enoch’s solution is confirmed, it would be the second problem to be solved.