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Muslim scientist wins Navier-Stokes equations contest, donates award money
Monday April 14, 2014 12:32 PM, IINA

Mukhtarbay Otelbayev, a professor at the Eurasian National University's department of methods of mathematical simulation, published a paper in the Mathematical Journal in which he proves the existence of a solution to an equation deemed one of the hardest in the world.

Mukhtarbay Otelbayev

The Navier Stokes Equation is One of seven Millennium Prize problems, which were set by the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2000.

The equations are useful in academic and economic spheres as they may be used to model the weather, ocean currents, water flow in a pipe and air flow around a wing. They describe the physics of many things, including the "lift" phenomenon of the modern airplane.

The Navier–Stokes equations in their full and simplified forms help with the design of aircraft and cars, the study of blood flow, the design of power stations, the analysis of pollution, and many other things.

The Clay Mathematical Institute, a UK non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, USA describes the equations as those that are believed to explain and predict fluid motion.

The institute has called this one of the seven most important open problems in mathematics and has offered a US$1,000,000 prize for a solution or a counter-example.

Mukhtarbay Otelbayev says that he does not want to spend the reward money on himself, saying the salary he currently earns suffices him and his wife.

He says if the money is allowed to be kept by him, his wife will be ready to find use for it, whereas if she agrees, he would give the money to an orphanage.

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