In Celebration of the Centenary of the Proof of the Prime Number Theorem

A Symposium on the Riemann Hypothesis

Sponsored by the American Institute of Mathematics

Hadamard Riemann de la Vallee Poussin

Conference Announcement

Dates: August 12 - 15, 1996

Location: Seattle, Washington (Immediately following the MathFest)

Schedule of Talks
Hotel and Dorm information
Banquet information
Registration information
Transportation from the Airport

List of speakers: (Schedule is below)

  • Michael Berry, University of Bristol
  • Alain Connes, IHES
  • William Duke, Rutgers University
  • Dorian Goldfeld, Columbia University
  • Roger Heath-Brown, Oxford University
  • Dennis Hejhal, University of Minnesota and Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Henryk Iwaniec, Rutgers University
  • Nobushige Kurokawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Hugh Montgomery, University of Michigan
  • Andrew Odlyzko, AT&T
  • Samuel Patterson, Mathematisches Institut, Universitats Gottingen
  • Peter Sarnak, Princeton University
  • Atle Selberg, Institute for Advanced Study

    Financial support

    We have received funding from the National Science Foundation and from the National Security Agency to support some attendees, especially graduate students and other young mathematicians. To apply for this funding one should send a brief vita, the name of a reference, and a paragraph describing your interest in the conference. Send this information by e-mail to or to the Mathematics Department, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 74078, care of Jennifer Gibson.


    There will be a banquet on Tuesday night, August 13 at the Faculty Club at the University of Washington. The cost is $35 per person. If you would like to attend, please indicate so when you send your registration information and include the proper amount in the check.


    To register, send your name, address, phone number, and affiliation, Riemann Symposium, Attention: Jennifer Gibson, Department of Mathematics, Oklahoma State University. There is no registration fee for those attending the MathFest. There will be a registration fee of $10 per person (on or before July 15) or $20 per person after July 15 for those not attending the MathFest. The check should be made out to Riemann Symposium.

    To Receive further information

    To add your name to the list receiving announcements about the conference, please contact Jennifer Gibson at the e-mail address

    Hotel and Dorm Information

    Attendees should make their own reservations. Hotels/Motels (University of Washington prices) ***All accommodations are within walking distance to campus***

    University Motel

    4731 12th Avenue N. E. 1-800-522-4720 (1 person $55, 2 persons $61), plus 8.2% tax

    University Silver Cloud Inn

    5036 25th Avenue N. E. 1-800-205-6940, 206-526-5200 (1 person, $66, 2 persons $76), plus 15.2% tax

    University Inn

    4140 Roosevelt Way N.E. 206-632-5055 (1 person $77, double $87), plus 15.2% tax

    University Travelodge

    4725 25th Avenue N. E. 206-525-4612 (1 person $78, 2 persons $88), plus 15.2% tax

    University Meany Tower Hotel

    206-634-2000 (l person, $85, 2 persons $95)

    Resident Hall

    (University of Washington campus): (206) 543-7636, FAX (206) 543-4094 (Be sure to specify that you are attending the Riemann Symposium.) There is a special form to fill out for staying in the dorm. If you specifically request this form from Jennifer at she will mail it to you. Package includes: Aug. 13-15, 1996 (2 nights plus 4 meals: lunch on Tuesday, breakfast/lunch on Wednesday, and breakfast on Thursday) Single: $103.08 Double: $81.08 (Delegate can add to package rate for the nights of Aug 12 or Aug 15)

    Tentative Schedule of Talks

    Selberg's talk will be in Kane 130 . All other talks will be in the Physics/Astronomy Building (Tuesday morning: Room P118, Tuesday afternoon: P102, Wednesday and Thursday: Room P114).

    One-Hour Talks:

    Monday, August 12, 5 - 6 pm: Atle Selberg, Institute for Advanced Study, ``The History of the Prime Number Theorem''

    Tuesday, August 13, 9 - 10 am: Andrew Odlyzko, ``Zeros of the Riemann zeta function: conjectures and computations.''

    Tuesday, August 13, 10:30 - 11:30 am: Hugh Montgomery, University of Michigan, ``Primes, zeros, and eigenvalues''

    Tuesday, August 13, 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Michael Berry, University of Bristol, ``Quantum mechanics and Riemann's zeta-function''

    Tuesday, August 13, 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Dennis Hejhal, University of Minnesota and Uppsala University, Sweden, ``Linear combinations of Euler products''

    Wednesday, August 14, 9:00 - 10:00 am: Dorian Goldfeld, Columbia University, ``A Spectral Interpretation of Weil's Explicit Formula''

    Wednesday, August 14, 10:30 - 11:30 am: Samuel Patterson, Mathematisches Institut, Universitats Gottingen, ``Dynamical zeta functions and the Riemann zeta function''

    Wednesday, August 14, 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Henryk Iwaniec, Rutgers University, ``The polynomial X^2 + Y^4 captures its primes''

    Wednesday, August 14, 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Alain Connes, IHES, ``Hecke algebras, type III factors and spontaneous symmetry breaking in number theory''

    Thursday, August 15, 9:00 - 10:00 am: Peter Sarnak, Princeton University, ``The spectral nature of zeros of zeta functions''

    Thursday, August 15, 10:30 - 11:30 am: Nobushige Kurokawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology, ``Zeta Categories''

    Thursday, August 15, 1:30 - 2:30 pm: William Duke, Rutgers University, ``A look at Gauss's Tagebuch 200 years later''

    Thursday, August 15, 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Roger Heath-Brown, Oxford University, ``Small class numbers and the pair correlation of zeros''

    Half-Hour Talks:

    Tuesday, August 13, 4:30 - 5:00 pm: Jim Hafner, IBM, ``A heat kernel associated to Ramanujan's tau function''

    Tuesday, August 13, 5:15 - 5:45 pm: K. Soundararajan, Princeton University, ``The horizontal distribution of zeros of zeta-prime''

    Tuesday, August 13, 6:00 - 6:30 pm: Daniel Bump, Stanford, ``The p-adic harmonic oscillator and a local Riemann hypothesis''

    Wednesday, August 14, 4:30 - 5:00 pm: Jonathan Keating, Bristol University, ``Statistics of the Riemann zeros''

    Wednesday, August 14, 5:15 - 5:45 pm: David Farmer, Bucknell University, ``Methods of detecting simple zeros''

    Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 - 6:30 pm: Herman te Riele, ``Numerical experiments with respect to real-variable conditions equivalent to the Riemann Hypothesis''


    There are several ways you can get from the airport to your hotel or the residence halls.

  • Once you arrive at the airport, you can call this "SuperShuttle" phone number: (206) 622-1424. This phone number is also posted by the phones by the baggage claim. It will take the shuttle service no more than 30 minutes to arrive at the airport. Within 45 minutes of their arrival, you will be at your hotel or the residence halls. The shuttle service costs are as follows:
  • If you are going to:

    University Motel $21

    University Silver Cloud Inn $14

    University Inn $14

    University Travel Lodge $14

    University Meany Towers $14

    Residence Halls (McCarty Hall) $21

    The times given are estimates. It may take more or less time, depending on traffic.

  • Taxis are available at the airport. There is no waiting time if you choose to travel by taxi, however the time from the airport to the hotels is the same as with the shuttle service. The cost per mile is $1.80 and most of the accomodations are approximately 16 miles from the airport. So the approximate cost of using a taxi is $30.
  • If there are several of you who will be arriving at the airport at the same time and would like to have a car waiting for you, you can call (206) 622-1424 a week in advance. The car costs $41 and it can accommodate up to 4 people.
  • Organizers

    Brian Conrey and Amit Ghosh, Oklahoma State, Doug Lind, Washington, Steve Sorenson, American Institute of Mathematics