The problem of prime numbers, particularly the ability to prove the Reimann Hypothesis, has driven many mathematicians to distraction. (That’s a polite way of saying that mathematicians are a little nuts.)
Anyway, I found this article highly interesting. Here is the money quote:
“It would also prove to be significant in confirming the connection between primes and quantum physics. Using the connection, Keating and Snaith not only explained why the answer to life, the universe and the third moment of the Riemann zeta function should be 42, but also provided a formula to predict all the numbers in the sequence.”
Mathematics meets Science Fiction! Sometimes I think God loves a good practical joke.