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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Primes for which 2 is a primitive root

I am writing a paper in which I keep referring to primes p for which 2 is a primitive root mod p and so I want to give a name for these primes. Is there a name for these primes in the literature ...
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First Parameterized Subset of Primes that was Related to a Mathematical Result

To my knowledge, Fermat primes, i.e. primes of the form $2^{2^n}+1$ were the first to play a role in a mathematical result, namely in the characterization of constructible regular n-gons. Gauss ...
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What keeps asymptotic Goldbach's conjecture out of reach of current technology?

Despite the rather recent progress in prime number theory (see the proof of the ternary Goldbach conjecture by H.A. Helfgott, and the striking result of Yitang Zhang improved by Tao, Maynard and ...
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Twin Primes that are Sophie Germain Primes

Suppose $p$ is a prime such that $p + 2$ is also prime, and nothing else is known about $p$. Is there any reason to think that this affects the probability that $p$ is also a Sophie Germain prime? ...
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Decidability of prime gap sequences

Is the following problem undecidable? Given a sequence of $n$ gaps $d_1,d_2,...,d_n$, does there exist a sequence of $n+1$ primes $p_1,p_2,...,p_{n+1}$ such that $p_{i+1} - p_i = d_i$ ? If not, is ...
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What is exceptional about the prime numbers 2 and 3?

Admittedly this question is vague. But I hope to convey my point. Feel free to downvote this. Permit me to define prime number the following way: A number $n>1$ is a prime if all integers $d$ ...
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Question about a certain class of primes

I've come across a set of primes in a problem I'm working on, and I'm wondering if there's more information available about them. I'm guessing not much, particularly since the question of infinitude ...
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An inequality about Goldbach conjecture

Let $N$ a large natural number, let $\forall n\leq N,\, R_{2}\left(n\right)=\underset{p_{1}+p_{2}=n}{\sum}\log\left(p_{1}\right)\log\left(p_{2}\right)$ and let $S\left(\alpha\right)=\underset{p\leq ...
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Infinite play with tape, or covering the integers with prime arithmetic progressions

It is possible that a more technical version of this question has been asked and answered in the literature. If so, then a reference is much appreciated. I will phrase it in terms of colored tapes ...
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Principally split primes with factors in arbitrarily small angular sectors

I wonder if the following is known: let $n$ be a (square-free) positive integer. Is there ever/always a sequence of prime numbers $p$ that can be written in the form $$p = x^2 + ny^2,$$ where $x, y$ ...
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An estimate for dividing n^2 by each of the primes up to and including n, and then summing the results [closed]

I know that the asymptotic for the sum of all the primes up to n is $n^2/2\log n$. But I'm trying to find the formula (an estimate) for when $n^2$ is divided by each of the primes up to $n$, in turn ...
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When does Merten's product theorem accurately estimate the number of coprimes in an interval?

Assume an arbitrary $x$ and let $z$ be smaller than $y$, where $y$ is the length of the interval $[x,x+y]$. What I would like to know is: Let $W(z)=\prod_{p\leq z}\left(1-\frac{1}{p}\right)$. For ...
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Sum of digits of repeating end of reciprocal of prime over period is $\frac{9}{2}$

Take a prime other than 2,3 or 5 and look at the part of it that repeats in base 10. Is it true that the sum of the digits in the end divided by the period(number of repeated digits id always ...
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Does this 'alternating' Euler product converge for all $\Re(s) > 0$?

Does the following 'alternating' Euler product, with $p_n$ the $n$-th prime number, converge for $\Re(s)>0$ ? $$\displaystyle \prod_{n=1}^\infty \left( \dfrac{1}{1-\frac{1}{p_{n}^{s}}} ...
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Definition of Prime Numbers [duplicate]

The first time I heard of prime numbers, they were defined as natural numbers $n$ that can only be divided by 1 and themselves without remainder; later, when prime factorization was introduced, I ...
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What is the minimal range $[f(n),g(n)]$ that contains a prime number for every integer $n>0$?

I know the following: Proven: There is a prime number between $n$ and $2n$ for every integer $n>0$. Conjectured: There is a prime number between $n^2$ and $(n+1)^2$ for every integer $n>0$. ...
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prime zeta function when $0<s<1$ [closed]

I will not be surprised if this question seems trivial in MO but i asked it first in MathSE and i did not get an answer. So, here it is: I would like to know if there is a good estimate for the sum ...
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Lines in image; are they significant to prime numbers if so how?

Amateur math question. I was playing around generating some 2D images, and wondered what it would look like if placed $P_{i}$ dots on a circle with diameter of $i$ for increasing values of $i$, where ...
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Giuga's Conjecture: Central or Peripheral?

An earlier MO question highlighted Giuga's Conjecture: A positive integer $n>1$ is prime if and only if $$\sum_{k=1}^{n-1} k^{n-1} \equiv -1 \pmod{n}$$ For example, for the prime $n=5$, ...
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Logarithms of ratios of squarefree numbers

Let $M \geq 1$, and $N=2^M$. Let $a_1, \dots, a_N$ be the set of all the numbers that you get when forming all square-free products of the first $M$ primes. For example, for $M=2$ and $N=4$ you get ...
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Chebotarev density theorem for $k$-almost primes

Consider a finite Galois extension $L$ of $\mathbb Q$, of Galois group $G$. Let $k \geq 1$ be a fixed integer. Let $D$ be a subset of $G^k$ invariant by conjugation and by the natural action of the ...
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Does this prime-gaps pattern occur infinitely often?

Let $p_n$ be the $n$-th prime. For each integer $k \ge 0$, do there exist an infinite number of $k+3$ consecutive primes $(p_n, p_{n+1}, \ldots, p_{n+2+k})$ so that (1) The gap between the 1st and ...
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Giuga and Carmichael numbers

If $p$ is both Giuga and Carmichael number then its known that $1^{p-1}+2^{p-1}+3^{p-1}+\cdots+(p-1)^{p-1} \equiv -1\pmod{p}$ is it true that if $p$ is both Giuga and Carmichael number then ...
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Interval containing prime numbers

Let $\varepsilon$ be an arbitrary small positive number. Can we prove that there exist an $n\in Z$ such that the interval $[2^n,(1+\varepsilon)2^n]$ contain a prime number?
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Should I expect to see numbers this smooth?

I have a sequence $N_k$ of numbers whose growth I wish to determine, or at least approximate nicely. When I look at the ratios of consecutive members, I find some interesting simplifications ...
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Fermat pseudo prime base-3 [closed]

Good morning! I have checked the following statement by random numbers of my choice. I am seriously looking for proof of the statement. Statement: $m$ is said to be Fermat pseudo prime in base-3, ...
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Analytic varieties for the primes and the twin primes

I am wondering what real and complex analysis say about the primes and twin primes. According to Wikipedia analytic variety is defined locally as the set of common zeros of finitely many analytic ...
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Weak versions of Bertrand's postulate

We are interested in the following statement: For each $n>1$ and $x>2$ there is at least one prime $p$ satisfying $x<p<n x$. For $n=2$ we get precisely the Bertrand's postulate which is ...
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Consecutive Primes mod 3

Is anything known asymptotically about the binary "primes mod 3" sequence besides Dirichlet's result that 1 and 2 occur half of the time? For example, can you prove that it does not eventually cycle ...
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Can a polynomial be almost always divisible by a member of a finite set of primes?

Special case of Bunyakovsky conjecture Let $f(x)$ be non-constant irreducible polynomial with integer coefficients, no fixed prime factor and positive leading coefficient. Let $S$ be a finite set of ...
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Joint Modular Distribution of Primes

Dirichlet's theorem shows that, for any fixed prime integer a, "big prime numbers mod a" are uniformly distributed between 1 and a-1. If we similarly pick different prime integers b,c,..., are these ...
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Updated tables of maximal prime gaps? [closed]

The website http://www.trnicely.net/gaps/gaplist.html contains a long list of maximal and nonmaximal prime gaps. In this list, the largest maximal prime gap is one of length 1476: Size: 1476 Gap ...
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Are primes of density 0 in $a\cdot b^n+c$?

Hooley proves in Applications of Sieves to the Theory of Numbers that there are only $o(x)$ numbers $n\le x$ such that $n\cdot2^n+1$ is a (Cullen) prime. The proof generalizes to forms ...
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For which types of problems can one expect to use Bombieri-Vinogradov in place of GRH?

I must profess a general ignorance of problems that were once known to be true under GRH but has since became unconditional due to the Bombieri-Vinogradov theorem, but I am aware of the heuristic that ...
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Higher dimensional generalization of the Hardy-Littlewood conjecture?

The famous Hardy-Littlewood conjecture on prime-tuples states that if $\{h_1, \cdots, h_k\} = \mathcal{H}$ is an admissible set, that is, for every prime $p$ the set $\mathcal{H}$ does not contain a ...
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Sums of primes that are themselves prime

I'm not a math expert so this may be a trivial question; if $p_i$ is the $i$-th prime, let: $$S(n) = \sum_{i=1}^n p_i$$ be the sum of the first $n$ primes and $$P(n) = | \{1 \leq i \leq n \mid ...
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Tail of singular series of Goldbach problem

Let $N$ a large number and $P=P(N)$. We know that the "tail" of singular series of Goldbach problem is $$ ...
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Can I express any odd number with a power of two minus a prime?

I have been running a computer program trying to see if I can represent any odd number in the form of $$2^a - b$$ With b as a prime number. I have seen an earlier proof about Cohen and Selfridge ...
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About sign changes of Li(x)-π(x)

Given a constant $C$, which are the best known upper bounds for the number of sign changes of the function $$ f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}, \ \ x \mapsto {\rm Li}(x)-\pi(x) $$ in the range ...
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Floors of rationals to powers: Infinite number of primes?

Let $r=a/b$ be a rational number in lowest terms, larger than $1$, and not an integer (so $b > 1$). Q. Does the sequence $$ \lfloor r \rfloor, \lfloor r^2 \rfloor, \lfloor r^3 \rfloor, ...
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Heronian triangle with two sides that are prime

Can any prime number form a Heronian triangle with a second prime as another side? I cannot find a second prime to form a Heronian triangle with either 23 or 167. I have checked up to the 10^7th prime ...
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Would Elliott-Halberstam conjecture follow from GRH?

The Wikipedia article about Elliott-Halberstam (EH for short) conjecture says that the so-called Bombieri-Vinogradov theorem, which is a weaker form of EH conjecture, is in some sense an averaged form ...
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A question concerning the strange arithmetic derivation

This question is related to Strange (or stupid) arithmetic derivation. The original question whether an unbounded sequence of iterates exists is still unanswered. $$n=\prod_{i=1}^{k}p_i^{\alpha_i} ...
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When is the product $(1+1)(1+4)…(1+n^2)$ a perfect square?

This is a modification of an unanswered problem on the math StackExchange. When is the product $(1+1)(1+4)…(1+n^2)$ a perfect square? If $(1+1)(1+4)…(1+n^2)=k^2$ then one possibility is $n=3$, ...
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convergence in Z-hat; modulo prime power

The following problem appears in Lenstra's Galois Theory for Schemes (p 14, Ex 1.16). Let $b\in\mathbb Z_{\ge0}$. Define the sequence $(a_n)_{n=0}^\infty$ by $a_0=b, a_{n+1}=2^{a_n}$. Prove that ...
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Is there a lower bound for the first non-trivial sequence of consecutive integers where each of the first $n$ primes is a least prime factor

Using the Chinese Remainder Theorem, it is very straight forward to find a sequence of consecutive integers starting at $x$ where each of the first $n$ prime numbers is a least prime factor for a ...
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Is $\{ p \alpha \}$ for prime $p$ dense in $[0,1]$?

Let $\alpha$ an irrational real number. It is well known that the set $\{ \{n \alpha \}|\,\, n \in \mathbb{N} \}$ is dense in$[0,1]$. ($\{x\}$ denotes the fractional part of $x$) But how to prove the ...
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On a weighted sum in a lemma for sieve methods

I'm reading James Maynard's paper "Small gaps between primes". Lemma 6.1 (p.14) in this paper confused me. This lemma was taken from Goldston-Graham-Pintz-Yildirim's paper "Small gaps between ...
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Generalizations of Chen's theorem

The two famous theorems of Jingrun Chen, both with similar proofs, state (respectively) that all sufficiently large even numbers are the sum of a prime and an element of $P_2$, and that there are ...
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Generating function for the characteristic function of prime numbers

What do we know about the generating function of $\chi(n)$ (A010051) $$ f(x) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \chi(n)x^n = \sum_{p\text{ prime}} x^p $$ for $\chi(n)$ the characteristic function of the primes: ...