Well this is strange indeed: according to this New Scientist article published today, the famous Sir Michael Atiyah is supposed to talk this Monday at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The topic: a proof of the Riemann hypothesis. The Riemann hypothesis states that the Riemann Zeta function defined by the analytic continuation of $\zeta(s) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty n^{-s}$ has nontrivial zeros only on the critical line whose numbers have real part $1/2$. Check out this MathWorld article for more details.

The Riemann hypothesis is considered by many to be *the* outstanding problem in mathematics. Many people have tried to prove it and failed.

Is this for real?

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The implications from various comments online is that one should be sceptical, given that in recent years Atoyah has been announcing solutions to other long-standing open problems, which the relevant experts believe to be seriously incomplete.