It has long been known that math seems to do an unusually good job of describing the physical world. Here is an example of a theory of physics being used to solve an abstract math problem.
It turns out that random matrix theory (RMT) methods used for predicting quantum energy levels of classically chaotic systems also predict all of the moments of the Riemann zeta function. This suggests a mysterious connection between prime numbers and quantum physics.
This is a summary of the findings from the University of Bristol Dept. of Mathematics page.
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