Quicker Maths offers regular tips and tricks for zooming through some arithmetic problems, as well as giving us fascinating puzzles that offer some solid food for mathematical thought. But what if you were given the opportunity to earn one million dollars to solve one math problem? That’s exactly the deal that the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge Massachusetts has offered. And pretty much anyone can enter to win.
The Millennium Problems, as they are known, were originally seven math problems that had existed for several years and remained unsolved. Most recently, one problem–the Poincare Conjecture–was successfully solved by Dr. Grigory Perelman of St. Petersburg, Russia. Perelman worked on and solved the problem in 2002 and 2003, and was thereafter awarded the CMI one million dollar prize in 2010, although he ended up turning down the prize money. Read More