Soon enough, the momentous day arrived and Hardy delivered his lecture. While undeniably brilliant, however, it had nothing to do with the zeta hypothesis. Hardy was understandably asked why he had chosen a title which had nothing to do with his lecture. This, he replied, was his standard practice -- in case he was killed on the way to the conference. God, he hypothesized, would not allow him to die if it meant granting him the same fame as Fermat had achieved with Fermat's last theorem!
["If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years," the mathematician David Hilbert once declared, "my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?"]