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### Lower bound for a prime gap occurring infinitely often

In his striking paper of may 2013, Zhang showed the existence of an even integer $g\lt 70,000,000$ such that $g$ is a prime gap occurring infinitely often. What is the best unconditional lower bound ...

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### Tight prime bounds

This is a cross-post of this question on MSE. I would not usually do this, but have decided to in this case since it has had no responses having been posted as a bounty question. I did not delete the ...

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### When is the earliest large prime gap also the latest large prime gap?

Suppose one finds the earliest prime gap of at least a certain size $g$, so that $p_{n+1}-p_n=g$ and $n$ is the smallest index for which the gap is as big as $g$.
Now consider the relative size of ...

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### overlap quadratic residues

Let $p$ be a prime number of form $4k+1$ and $M$ is its quadratic residue set.
Let $M_i=\{i+x|\forall x\in M\}$ $\forall 0<i<p$.
Does there exist a positive constant $\varepsilon$ such that ...

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### How frequently is 3 a cubic residue mod primes in an arithmetic progression?

Suppose $(a,3q)=1$ and $a\equiv 1\pmod 3$. Are there infinitely many primes $p\equiv a\pmod {3q}$ such that $3$ is a cubic nonresidue modulo $p$?
Or, an equivalent formulation using quadratic forms: ...

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### Is this weak asymptotic Goldbach's conjecture open?

Let $\tau(x)$ be the number of even numbers $2<2n<x$ which can't be written as a sum of two primes.
Goldbach's conjecture: $\tau(x) = 0$
Asymptotic Goldbach's conjecture: $\tau(x) = O(1) $
...

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### Goldbach-type problem: the valuation of irreducible elements of a subgroup of $\mathbb{Q}_{> 0}$

Let $\phi : \mathbb{Q}_{>0} \to \mathbb{Z}$ be the group morphism defined by $\phi(p) = p$ for $p$ a prime number.
It follows that $\phi(\prod_i p_i^{n_i}) = \sum_i n_i p_i$, with $p_i$ a prime ...

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### Primes of the form $x^2+ny^2$ and congruences.

The answer of following classical problem is surely known, but I can't find a reference
For which positive integer $n$ is the set $S_n$ of primes of the form $x^2+n y^2$ ($x$, $y$ integers) ...

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### The topology of Arithmetic Progressions of primes

The primary motivation for this question is the following: I would like to extract some topological statistics which capture how arithmetic progressions of prime numbers "fit together" in a manner ...

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### Arithmetic progression and average of two prime numbers

Let $A=(a_n : n \in \mathbb{N})$ be the sequence given by:
$$
\ a_n = a_1 + (n - 1)d,\quad a_1,\ d,\ n \in \mathbb N,\quad d\gt a_1,\quad \gcd(a_1,\ d)=1.
$$
For all terms of $A$ greater than $\ ...

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### Class number of real maximal subfield of cyclotomic fields

Let $p$ be a prime number and $h_p^+$ the class number of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_p + \zeta_p^{-1})$. What is known about the values of $p$ for which $h_p^+ = 1$?
Are there infinitely many? Finitely many? ...

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### Arguments for the second Hardy–Littlewood conjecture being false?

Assume that $x,y > 2$, and that $x<y$. Then the second Hardy–Littlewood conjecture states that
$$\pi(x + y) - \pi(y) \leq \pi(x).$$
We can easily justify this heuristically, since
$$
...

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### The conjecture of Montgomery and Soundararajan on primes in short intervals: Empirical inconsistencies?

Assume that $y/ \log x \rightarrow \infty$ and that $y/x \rightarrow 0$. Then, from a conjecture by Montgomery and Soundararajan, we expect the number of primes in the interval $[x,x+y]$ to be ...

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### Primality Criterion for Specific Class of Numbers of the Form kb^n-1

Let $N=k\cdot b^n-1$ where $b$ is an even integer , $3\nmid b$ , $3\nmid N$ ,
$k \equiv 1,5 \pmod{6}$ , $k< b^n $ and $n>2$ .
Let $S_i=P_b(S_{i-1})$ with $S_0=P_{k\cdot b/2}(P_{b/2}(4))$ , ...

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### Optical methods for number theory?

I found a paper: 'A New Method of Finding the Distribution of Prime Number', saying
We stack discs and annuluses with certain rules then turn on the light to illuminate. The projection of ...

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### Primality Criterion for Specific Classes of Generalized Fermat Numbers

Let $F_n(b)= b^{2^n}+1 $ where $b$ is an even integer , $ 3\nmid b , 5\nmid b $ and $n\ge2$
Let $S_i=P_b(S_{i-1})$ with $S_0=P_{b/2}(P_{b/2}(8))$ where
...

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### Primes from a Dirichlet sequence and an irrational number

From Dirichlet's theorem on arithmetic progressions, if $\text{gcd}(a,b)=1$ we know $\{ak+b\}_{k\ge 0}$ contains infinitely many primes. Let those primes be $p_1,p_2,\cdots$. Then the real
...

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### Prime Hadamard Matrices

Assume that $n$ is a sufficiently large number. Is there a Hadamaed matrix $H_{4n \times 4n}=(h_{ij})$ with the last row and the last cloumn $J$ (thet is, for every $k$, $h_{k,4n}=1$ and $h_{4n, ...

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### Primes dividing $2^a+2^b-1$

From Fermat's little theorem we know that every odd prime $p$ divides $2^a-1$ with $a=p-1$.
Is it possible to prove that there are infinitely many primes not
dividing $2^a+2^b-1$?
(With ...

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### Finding a suitable number

Let $n,m$ be two positive integers. By $r_n$ we denote the largest prime not exceeding $n$. If $r_n\leq m\leq n$ and $q$ is the largest prime factor of $n!/m!$ such that $q\geq 17$ and $q\geq n-m+3$, ...

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### Arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions

Are there arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions in which all the
prime factors of all the terms are at most $N$, for some $N$? Assume
all the terms are positive and the sequence of terms is ...

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### Is there an algebraic proof of the infinitude of primes? [closed]

It is well-known that there exists a (justly celebrated) topological proof of the infinitude of primes (Hillel Fürstenburg, 1955). Does there also exist an algebraic proof?

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### Relationship of Euler product to coprimality densities for arbitrary sets of primes

Continuing the curiosity of my last couple questions: Is it the case that for every set of primes $F$, the asymptotic density of the integers coprime to all of $F$ is $\displaystyle \prod_{p \in F} (1 ...

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### Why is the Chebyshev function relevant to the Prime Number Theorem

Why is the Chebyshev function
$\theta(x) = \sum_{p<=x}\log p$
useful in the proof of the prime number theorem. Does anyone have a conceptual argument to motivate why looking at $\sum_{p<=x} ...

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### Consecutive primes versus prime twins

First a warm-up. Let $\ V\ $ be an arbitrary set of odd natural numbers. Let $\ S(V)\ $ be the generated multiplicative semi-group. What are the necessary and/or sufficient conditions on $\ V\ $ for ...

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### Log weight removal in general (weaker) prime number theorem

Let $a_n$ be a sequence of non-negative numbers.
Assume that $$\limsup _{X\to \infty}\frac{\sum_{p\leq X} a_p\log p}{X}\leq 1.$$
Can we prove that $$\limsup _{X\to \infty}\frac{\sum_{p\leq X} ...

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### Prime residua races and two views on primes

Let $\ a>1\ \ r\ \ k\ $ be arbitrary natural numbers such that $\ a\ r\ $ are relatively prime. The natural conjecture below, is it known?, is probably true in full generality:
Q1. There exists a ...

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### An interaction between prime numbers

Let $p_1\ p_2\ \ldots$ be the sequence of all natural prime numbers. There is a slight (just slight) but clear tendency for imitating the number of primes in an interval $(p_k;\ p_n)$ by ...

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### In which orders can the numbers of prime factors of consecutive integers be?

Let $\omega(m)$ be the number of distinct prime divisors of a positive integer $m>1$. I am interested in the relative orders in which the numbers $\omega(n+1),...,\omega(n+k)$ can occur.
Given ...

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### On the sum of consecutive primes and product of first and last

Lets consider the sequence of consecutive prime numbers $p_1=2 , p_2=3 ,p_4=5 , \cdots$
. $(p_n,p_{j})$ is to be called good prime pair if $$\sum_{i =n }^{j}p_i= p_n p_{j}$$
Meaning the sum of set of ...

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### Conjecture about a sequence of natural numbers, such that, $\forall n : A_n<P_n<A_{n+1}$

Conjecture - no natural number $k$ exists such that:
$P$ is the sequence of all primes starting from the $k$th prime
$A$ is a sequence of natural numbers such that:
$\forall n : ...

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### Would the following conjectures imply $\lim\inf_{n\to\infty}p_{n+k}-p_{n}=O(k\log k)$?

Assume Goldbach's conjecture. Then for every $n\ge 2$ there exists at least one non-negative integer $r\le n-2$ such that both $n+r$ and $n-r$ are primes. Let's write $r_{0}(n):=\inf\{r\le n-2, ...

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### What are the connections between pi and prime numbers?

I watched a video that said the probability for Gaussian integers to be relatively prime is an expression in $\pi$, and I also know about $\zeta(2) = \pi^2/6$ but I am wondering what are more ...

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### The prime numbers modulo $k$, are not periodic

Consider the sequence of prime numbers: $2,3,5,7, \cdots$. Now reduce this sequence modulo $k$ for some integer $k > 2$. Show the resulting sequence is not periodic. :
EDIT: As noted in the ...

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### Relationship between this conjecture and Lehmer's Theorem?

Let A be:
n such that $\ \frac{n-1}{ord_n 2}=2^x\ $ and $n$ with the conditions of the conjecture in OEIS A226014,$\ n \in \mathbb{Z^+} ,\ x \in \mathbb{Z}_{\geq 0},\ $then $n$ is prime ...

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### New proofs of Euclid's theorem of the infinitude of primes?

Playing around with elementary inclusion-exclusion, I arrived at two simple variations of proofs of Euclid's theorem that I thought would be long known in the literature. So far I haven't been able to ...

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### Are all counterexamples of OEIS A226181 both Poulet numbers and Proth numbers?

OEIS A226181:
3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 37, 41, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79,
83, 89, 97, 101, 103, 107, 113, 131, 137, 139, 149, 163, ...
Primes $p$ ...

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### Uniformity of the distribution of the prime numbers on the prime residue classes (mod $m$)

Given positive integers $m$, $r$ and $n$, let $\pi(m,r,n)$ denote the number
of prime numbers $p \leq n$ in the residue class $r$ (mod $m$).
Further let $1 = r_1 < r_2 < \dots < ...

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### Natural numbers that cannot be expressed as a difference between a square and a prime?

We wish to find the set of natural numbers that cannot be expressed as a difference between a square and a prime.
e.g.
$1 = 2^2 - 3$
$2 = 3^2 - 7$
$3 = 4^2 - 13$
and so on.
The smallest such ...

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### Relation between Maier's theorem and a conjecture of Montgomery and Soundararajan

Let us consider the number of primes in the interval $[N,N+h]$, with $h\leq N$. According to the answer given by Lucia to a previous question on the distribution of primes, it is natural to consider ...

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### Is a certain sumset derived from primes of a certain form the set of all naturals?

OEIS A167055 Numbers n such that $12n + 5$ is prime.
$0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21,...$ are items of OEIS $A167055$.
I conjecture that the set of the sum of every two items of this ...

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### n-ary quadratic forms with $S$-integer values

Let $Q(x_1,\ldots,x_n):=x_1^2+\cdots+x_n^2$ be an $n$-ary quadratic form.
Given a finite set of (rational) primes $S$ is there an algorithm or theorem that describes all solutions to ...

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### Prime counting function with a form of finite product using perron's formula

There's a form of complex integral what Riemann obtained to finding $\pi (x)$,
$$ \pi^{*}(x)=\int_{L}\frac{\log \zeta (s)}{s}x^{s}ds, (1)$$
we already know that it lead us to the Prime Number ...

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### What is the lower bound for highly composite numbers?

if $x=d(n)$ is the number of divisors of $n$, what is the tightest lower-bound for $n$ only given $x$?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highly_composite_number

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### Major arcs in the proof that every odd number is the sum of at most 5 primes

In his proof that all odd numbers greater than 1 are the sum of at most 5 primes, Terence Tao uses one large major arc around 0 rather than small ones around the rationals, which I am more accustomed ...

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### Number of primes with $-1\pmod 6$ vs. Number of primes with $+1\pmod 6$

Have not been able to get an answer to this on http://math.stackexchange.com, so trying here too...
Given the following two sets:
$P^-(n) = \{p \leq n : p \equiv -1\pmod 6\}$
$P^+(n) = \{p \leq n ...

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### Can the approach followed in this article be used to improve the upper bounds for $H_{k},k>1$?

In http://arxiv.org/pdf/1405.0682.pdf, the author gives a conditional proof of the twin prime conjecture under both a generalized version of the Elliott-Halberstam conjecture and a hypothesis on the ...

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### Looking for paper: Weil's original 1952 “Sur les formules explicites de la théorie des nombres premiers”

I am looking for a source (preferably online) for Weil's original 1952 paper on the explicit formula. I am aware of an english translation available here, but would like to have access to the original ...

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### Numbers expressible as sums of prime powers larger than n

Given a fixed $n \in \mathbb{N}$ larger than $1$, let $G(n)$ denote the largest number that is not expressible as a sum of prime powers larger than $n$ (the 'base' prime of the prime power need not be ...

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### Orders of the conjugates of an algebraic prime number in its residue field

Of interest to me is the following question (it would be nice to find out what is known in its direction):
Given a Galois number field $K/\mathbb{Q}$ and a completely and principally split prime ...