Nigerian scholar insists that he has solved a complex Riemann Hypothesis.
"I have a proof and the mathematics community is behind me,” he said, following several media reports casting doubt on his claim.
Speaking with journalist, the scholar disclosed that it took him seven years to solve the 156-year-old math puzzle and that comments from detractors had not dampened his sense of achievement.
"People have the privilege and the right to say whatever they want to say. I have not really been giving attention to some of the comments,” he added.
Enoch said he first delivered his findings on November 11, at the International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science held in Vienna.
Nina Ringo, a member of the conference committee, said: "I consider his results to be very important and confirm his discovery."
Enoch said that his findings are due for publication by a journal attached to the Vienna conference on December 1. After that he will pass on his paper to the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI). However, it could be years before the institute accepts his solution and award him the prize - $1million.
Speaking with CNN, Naomi Kraker from the CMI said: "To our mind, [the Riemann's Hypothesis] remains unsolved."
She noted that there are a number of prerequisites before Enoch or any other scholar can claim the prize.
Kraker said that any solution would need to be published in a journal "of worldwide repute" and accepted for two years within the mathematics community before it would be considered.
Although the Nigerian scholar has not got any prize, he has already received cold calls. Enoh confessed that he is really concerned about the threat of kidnapping.
"Reports saying I have won $1million have not been helpful for my security or that of my people. I've warned my parents and loved ones to stay away from me,” he said.
UPDATE on November 18
The US-based Clay Mathematics Institute has refused to confirm the news of Enoch’s solution.
When contacted by The Herald, Naomi Kraker, the administrative manager, said: “As a matter of policy, the Clay Mathematics Institute does not comment on solutions to the Millennium Problems.”
He added that the current status of the problems and complete information about each can be found on the institute’s website.
According to the information provided on the website, of the seven problems only the Poincaré Conjecture is listed as solved. All the other six problems, including the Riemann Hypothesis, remain listed as unsolved.
INITIAL REPORT published on November 15
Dr Opeyemi Enoch successfully solved the 156-year-old Riemann hypothesis, the most important problem in mathematics.
Vanguard reports that Dr Enoch, who teaches at the Federal University in Oye-Ekiti, has become the fourth person to resolve one of the seven Millennium problems in mathematics.
According to a statement issued on Saturday, November 14, in Ado Ekiti, Dr Enoch presented the proof during the International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science in Vienna, Austria, on November 11. His presentation was symbolic as it was made on the exact day and month 156 years after the problem was delivered by a German mathematician in 1859.
“Dr Enoch first investigated and then established the claims of Riemann. He went on to consider and to correct the misconceptions that were communicated by Mathematicians in the past generations, thus paving way for his solutions and proofs to be established.
“He also showed how other problems of this kind can be formulated and obtained the matrix that Hilbert and Poly predicted will give these undiscovered solutions. He revealed how these solutions are applicable in cryptography, quantum information science and in quantum computers,” the statement read.
The Riemann Zeta Hypothesis is one of the seven Millennium problems set forth by the Clay Mathematics Institute with a million dollar reward for each solved problem over the past 16 years.
The Nigerian scholar had earlier worked on mathematical models and structures for generating electricity from sound, thunder and oceanic bodies. He also designed a prototype of a silo for peasant farmers and discovered a scientific technique for detecting and tracking someone on an evil mission. Now the scholar is working on mathematical approaches to climate change.