Questions where prime numbers play a key-role, such as: questions on the distribution of prime numbers (twin primes, gaps between primes, Hardy–Littlewood conjectures, etc); questions on prime numbers with special properties (Wieferich prime, Wolstenholme prime, etc.). This tag is often used as a ...

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Is anything like $\phi(n)>\dfrac n{e^\gamma\log\log n},\ \sigma(n)<e^\gamma n\log\log n$ known/conjectured for the generalizations of these functions?

Is anything like $\dfrac n{\phi(n)}<\dfrac{\sigma(n)}n<e^\gamma\log\log n$ known/conjectured for the generalizations of these functions? Let $n=p_1^{a_1}\cdots p_t^{a_t}$ be the canonical prime ...
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Most dense subset of numbers that avoids arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions

The famous Green-Tao theorem says that there exist arbitrarily long sequences of primes in arithmetic progression. I am wondering: How dense can a subset $S \subset \mathbb{N}$ be and still avoid ...
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Best constant for Maier's theorem?

Maier proved that, for fixed $\lambda>1,$ $$ \limsup_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x+\log^\lambda x)-\pi(x)}{\log^{\lambda-1}x}>1 $$ and in particular $$ \limsup_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x+\log^\lambda ...
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Squares and Prime Numbers [closed]

IF A+BC+CC IS A PERFECT SQUARE. WHERE A,B,C ARE POSITIVE INTEGERS, B>A AND B IS AN EVEN NUMBER. IS IT POSSIBLE TO CALCULATE VALUE OF C IN TERMS OF A AND B?
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What is known about primes of the form x^2-2y^2?

David Cox's book Primes of The Form: $x^2+ny^2$ does a great job proving and motivating a lot of results for $n>0$. I was unable to find anything for negative numbers, let alone the case I am ...
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$n^3 | \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}^2$ => $n | \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}$?

For $n\in \mathbf{N}$ is $$n^3 \text{ divides } \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}^2=\binom{n}{1}^2+\cdots +\binom{n}{n-1}^2$$ impling $$n \text{ divides } ...
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Is there a polynomial that generates only primes or semi-primes? [migrated]

I know that no non-constant polynomial function $P(n)$ with integer coefficients exists that evaluates to a prime for every integer value of $n$. My question is - does there exist a non-constant ...
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logarithmic integral question

Define: $\operatorname{li}(x)=\int_{0}^{x}\dfrac{1}{\log(t)}\operatorname{d}t$. When does the following statement fail? With $\theta = 1 + \frac{1}{\operatorname{li}(x)}$, for $x \ge x_0$, ...
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Does the Euler product converge at $s=1$ for the Dirichlet $L$ function?

For the Riemann Zeta function, the Euler product converges on $\{Re(s)=1\}$ except at $s=1$.The zeta series diverges everywhere on $\{Re(s)=1\}$. But the $L$ series converges on $\{Re(s)>0\}$. What ...
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Primes that are sums of two squares with constraints on the squares

It is well known that there are infinitely many primes of the form $a^2+b^2$ (namely all primes congruent to $1$ modulo $4$). On the other hand, Euler raised the problem as to whether there are ...
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Generating primes with floor of a polynomial $[p(n)]$

Is there a polynomial $p(x)$ with real coefitients and degree at least one that $[p(n)]$ for everey natural number like $n$ be a prime? If yes, what is such a polynomial $p(x)$ and if no, how to ...
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Word complexity of primes mod 4

For an infinite binary word $w$, the word complexity $f_w(n)$ is defined as the number of different subwords of length $n$. The asymptotic behavior of this function is an important parameter of the ...
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How to calculate the sum of remainders of N?

I'm trying to sum the remainders when dividing N by numbers from 1 up to N $$\sum_{i = 1}^{N} N \bmod i$$ It's easy to write a program to evaluate the sum if N is small in O(N) but what if N is large ...
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Is there a hidden symmetry in the prime numbers distribution?

Under Goldbach's conjecture, let's consider once again the map $r_0\colon n\mapsto r_{0}(n)$ such that $r_{0}(n)$ is the smallest non negative integer $r$ such that both $n-r$ and $n+r$ are prime. ...
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Has this formula about prime gaps already been conjectured and/or proven?

While playing around with prime gaps, I found out that the following formula seems to be a rather good approximation of the ratio $\dfrac{p_{b}-p_{a}}{b-a}$ where $a<b$ are positive integers: ...
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Is $ a^2b^2-ab-ap$ a perfect square for suitable $a,b\in \mathbb{Z}^+$?

Consider the expression $$ a^2b^2-ab-ap\qquad (a,b\in \mathbb{Z}^+), $$ where $p\equiv1\pmod{4}$. Question. For every prime $p\equiv1\pmod{4}$ do there exist $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}^+$ such that ...
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Prime Number Theorem on APs under various conjectures

I'm trying to find the best asymptotic expansions for $\pi(x; a, q)$ in various states: Unconditionally we have \begin{equation} \pi(x; a, q) = \frac{\operatorname{li(x)}}{\phi(q)} + O\left(x ...
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A “Take a Square Root When You Can” conjecture related to the prime factorization

I would tend to think that the following has already been investigated. But as implied from the title, I have no idea how to even start looking for it. Let $P_n$ denote the sum of the squares of ...
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closed form for a series with binomials and primes

does the series $\sum_{n=0}^\infty p^n \binom{x}{p^n}$ have a closed form ? ($p$ prime) this is a special case of $\sum_{n=0}^\infty p^n \left(\sum_{k=p^n}^{p^{n+1}-1}a_k\binom{x}{k}\right)$ with the ...
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Conjecture on the square root of the sum of the squares of the prime factors of a number

Let $A_{n}$ denote the square root of the sum of the squares of the prime factors of $n$. For example, $A_{60}=\sqrt{2^2+2^2+3^2+5^2}\approx6.48$. I have recently made the following observations: ...
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Divergence of a series similar to $\sum\frac{1}{p}$

Suppose we start with $k$ primes $p_1,p_2,\ldots ,p_k$ (not necessarily consecutive) and a residue class for each prime $r_1,r_2,\ldots ,r_k$. We denote the least integer not covered by the arithmetic ...
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Is $n = p-q$ equivalent to Goldbach's Conjecture?

One open conjecture is that every even integer greater than two is the difference of two primes. (Some superficial discussion here.) Goldbach's conjecture states that every even integer greater than ...
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Any way to prove Prime Number Theorem using Hyperbolic Geometry? [closed]

The prime number theorem says that the density of prime numbers is inverse as the number of digits of $n$: $$\displaystyle \frac{\{1 \leq k \leq n : \text{ prime } \}}{n} \approx \frac{1}{\log n}$$ ...
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Prime divisors of $p^n+1$

Let $p$ be a rational prime and $n$ be a positive integer. It can be easily deduced from Zsigmondy's theorem that $p^n+1$ has a prime divisor greater than $2n$ except when $(p,n)=(2,3)$ or ...
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Ruth-Aaron triples, etc

A Ruth-Aaron pair is two numbers $(n,n+1)$ such that their sum of prime factors is equal, counting repeated prime factors. (The name refers to Hank Aaron's 715 homeruns surpassing Babe Ruth's 714!) So ...
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Two (strictly related) proofs by induction of inequalities

This is a question I originally asked on MSE, receiving no answer, even with a bounty (which expired) on it. Therefore I am crosslinking in order to prevent duplication of effort: see here for the ...
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Prime labelling of graphs

A prime labeling of a graph is an injective function $f: V(G) \to \{1, 2, ..., |V(G)|\}$ such that for every pair of adjacent vertices $u$ and $v$, $\text{gcd}(f(u), f(v)) = 1$ (labels of any two ...
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Cardinality of the prime divisor set of a k-power sum

Let $a_{1},\dots,a_{n}$ be positive natural numbers ($n>2$) such that $a_{i}\neq a_{j}$ if $i\neq j$. I want to prove that $$ \left\lvert \left\{ p \text{ prime} \; : \; p \mid \sum_{i=1}^n ...
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Is there a known primitive recursive upper bound on the nth “Zhang prime”

(This question is pure curiosity. Feel free to close it if you feel it is not appropriate for mathoverflow.) In 2013 Zhang showed that there are infinitely many pairs of primes which are less that ...
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Have there been any new developments in the Firoozbakht conjecture? [duplicate]

Let $(p_{n})_{n∈ℕ}$ be the sequence of consecutive primes. In P. Ribenboim, The New Book of Prime Number Records, Springer-Verlag, 1995, page 185, the author says: A new conjecture by F. ...
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The divisors of $p-1$ and high-degree residues modulo $p$

Here is a somewhat more explicit version of a question that I asked a while ago. Suppose that $p$ is a prime of the form $p=2n(n+1)+1$, with a positive integer $n$. Can every odd prime divisor of ...
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Lucasian Primality Criterion for Specific Class of $k \cdot 2^n-1$

Definition Let $P_m(x)=2^{-m}\cdot \left(\left(x-\sqrt{x^2-4}\right)^{m}+\left(x+\sqrt{x^2-4}\right)^{m}\right)$ , where $m$ and $x$ are nonnegative integers . Conjecture Let $N=k\cdot 2^n-1$ such ...
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counting irreducible factors

In How hard is it to compute the number of prime factors of a given integer? a question was asked on computing number of prime factors of an integer. Suppose we have a polynomial $f(X)\in \Bbb Z[X]$ ...
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References to proofs of upper and lower bounds on the number of coprimes in an interval?

On the first page of the article "When the sieve works", the authors present upper and lower bounds for $S(T,T+x;\mathcal{E})$; the number of integers in the interval $(T,T+x]$ that are coprime to all ...
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Siegel Walfisz Theorem for algebraic number fields

Is there a generalization of the Siegel Walfisz to algebraic number fields? This has been done for the prime number theorem in the prime ideal theorem.
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E- and A-algorithms for finite arithmetic prime progressions and other sets

(EDIT from scratch). Let $\ \mathbf a := (a_1\ \ldots\ a_n)\ $ be an increasing non-constant arithmetic progression of odd positive numbers. The goal here is to resolve efficiently one of the two ...
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Sum of two squares and implication of Bunyakovsky conjecture

Bunyakovsky conjecture states that a polynomial with integer coefficients takes infinitely many prime values at integers, unless this is impossible for trivial reasons. Let $a_1(x), a_2(x), a_3(x), ...
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every arithmetic progression contains a sequence of $k$ “consecutive” primes for possibly all natural numbers $k$?

I ask the same question here:http://math.stackexchange.com/q/1019404/192097 writing a little better the previous question: it´s true that if we let $a$ and $b$ be coprime integers, then the ...
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Are there infinitely many primes p such that both p-1 and p+1 have at most 3 prime factors, counted with multiplicity?

This is a subsequence of primes $p$ for which $p^2-1$ has at most 6 prime divisors counted with multiplicity. This sequence described in the question is the sequence A079153 in OEIS. I could not ...
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Is ${\rm lcm}\{{\rm ord}_p(q)\colon q\mid p-1,\ q>2\}>\sqrt p\ \,$?

The following question is "ideologically related" to the one I recently asked here. For a prime $p$, let $M_p$ denotes the least common multiple of the orders modulo $p$ of all odd prime divisors of ...
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Looking for the name of an infinite sequence [closed]

I am looking for information about a sequence that seems like it should converge. The sequence is textually described as: ...
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A conjecture of Erdos on consecutive differences of primes

Let $d_k = p_{k + 1} - p_k$ be the difference between consecutive primes and define \begin{equation} e_k = \left\{\begin{array}{c l} 1 &, d_{k + 1} > d_k \\ 0 &, \text{otherwise} ...
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Estimating the number of twin primes of given natural configuration order

This question is a follow-up from About Goldbach's conjecture. Let $$\mathrm{Co}_{k}(x):=\{n\le x:\mathrm{ord}_{c}(n):=\pi(\sqrt{2n-3})=k\},~~~\mathrm{co}_{k}(x):=\vert\mathrm{Co}_{k}(x)\vert$$ ...
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Lower bound on number of smooth values of polynomial at primes

Given a polynomial $f$, it is known believed that the number of smooth values of $f$ has a positive proportion (for fixed $u$, $\lim_{X\rightarrow\infty} \frac{|\{ n < X\ :\ f(n)\ is\ X^u\ smooth ...
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Parity of the Prime Counting Function

I am interested in the distribution of the parity of $\pi(x)$, the prime counting function, over the natural numbers. Let: $\ \ E_n := \left\{ k \in \left\{1,\dots,n\right\} : \pi(k) \equiv 0 \mod 2 ...
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Why $\gcd \{ {\rm ord}_p(q)\colon q\mid p-1 \}$ likes to be large?

For a prime $p$, let $F_p$ denote the greatest common divisor of the orders modulo $p$ of all prime divisors of $p-1$: $$ F_p = \gcd \{ {\rm ord}_p(q)\colon q\mid p-1 \}; $$ thus, for instance, ...
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Is there a formula that can predict the primes in the sequence of ratios of consecutive superior highly composite numbers? : $2, 3, 2, 5, 2, 3, 7,…$

This is the sequence of prime numbers which are the elementary building blocks for the superior highly composite numbers: $2, 3, 2, 5, 2, 3, 7, 2, 11, 13, 2, 3, 5, 17, 19, 2, 23, ...$ The $n^{th}$ ...
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Effective version of the Bombieri-Vinogradov theorem

Is there an effective version of the Bombieri-Vinogradov Theorem, in that have bounds on the implied constant been found?
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What would be the consequences of $\displaystyle{\lim\inf_{n\to\infty}p_{n+k}-p_{n}\sim k\log k}$?

The question is in the title: what would be the number theoretic consequences if we managed to establish the conjectured asymptotic equality $\displaystyle{\lim\inf_{n\to\infty}p_{n+k}-p_{n}\sim k\log ...