# The Riemann Hypothesis, Explained

The **Riemann hypothesis** is the most notorious **unsolved problem** in all of **mathematics**. Ever since it was first proposed by **Bernhard Riemann** in 1859, the conjecture has maintained the status of the “Holy Grail” of mathematics. In fact, the person who solves it will win a $1 million prize from the **Clay Institute of Mathematics**.

So, what is the **Riemann hypothesis**?

Why is it so important?

What can it tell us about the chaotic** universe of prime numbers**?

And why is its proof so elusive?

**Alex Kontorovich**, professor of mathematics at **Rutgers University**, breaks it all down in this comprehensive explainer.

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