Marginal note – Two thirds of a million dollar prize?

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The Clay Mathematics Institute has offered a prize of $1,000,000 (USD) for a resolution to the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture, a conjecture about all elliptic curves. Manjul Bhargava has proved a result that shows the conjecture is true for a randomly selected elliptic curve with probability at least 0.6647.

He said in his presentation at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum that he jokingly asked the Clay Institute if he could claim 66.47% of the million dollar prize based on his work, but the institute declined.

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