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For consecutive primes $a\lt b\lt c$, prove that $a+b\ge c$.

For consecutive primes $a\lt b\lt c$, prove that $a+b\ge c$. I cannot find a counter-example to this. Do we know if this inequality is true? Alternatively, is this some documented problem (solved or ...
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Can the work of Hardy & Ramanujan about partitions shed light on Hardy-Littlewood's k-tuple conjecture? [on hold]

If I'm not mistaken, Hardy and Ramanujan produced an asymptotic formula for the number of partitions of an integer that was later shown to be an exact formula by Selberg. But Hardy also formulated ...
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Arbitrarily many primes in a Fibonacci-type sequence

It is conjectured that the standard Fibonacci sequence contains infinitely many primes. While this is perhaps too difficult, I am wondering about the following simpler version: Question. For any $K$, ...
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origin of analogy “primes as the atoms of number theory/ arithmetic”

a math student recently challenged me on the old comparison/ analogy of prime numbers to "the atoms of number theory or arithmetic" and then was wondering the origin of the phrase. where does this ...
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Estimate on radical of $2^n \pm 1$

Not sure if this belongs to MO or not. Are there any lower bound on radical of $2^n \pm 1$? We recall that radical of an integer $rad(k)$ is a product of primes which divide $k$. As an example, if ...
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A set of integers whose factorial can be written as a product of two factorials

I am trying to collect informations concerning the set $$\mathcal{A}=\left\{n\in\mathbb{N} \mid (\exists k,l\in\{2,3,\dots,n-2\})(n!=k!l!)\right\}.$$ It seems not much is known about the set ...
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A general question about strictly non-palindromic numbers

For a definition, see the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strictly_non-palindromic_number So according to the wikipedia page, under properties, all strictly non-palindromic numbers with ...
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How many primes can there be in a short interval?

Given $n \in \mathbb{N}$, let $\pi(n)$ denote the number of prime numbers $\leq n$. What is $$ \limsup_{m \rightarrow \infty} \left( \limsup_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{\pi(n+m) - \pi(n)}{\pi(m)} ...
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Reference Request on the existence of $k$ satisfying $P(\Phi_d(2))^k \gt \Phi_d(2)$ for all $d$

I am working my way through the literature regarding the following conjecture: There is a positive integer $k$ such that for all positive integers $d$, $$P(\Phi_d(2))^k \gt \Phi_d(2).$$ I am ...
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Asymptotic value of sum over Möbius function

Consider the sum $$ S(x)=\sum_{\substack{{d\mid P(\sqrt{x})}\\{d\leq x}}}|\mu(d)|, $$ where $P(x)$ is the product of all primes less than or equal to $x$, and $\mu(d)$ is the Möbius function. ...
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Controlling residue class sizes

$\forall k>10^2$ is there $m_k$ such that at infinite primes $q>m_k$ $\exists$ pairwise coprime $a,b,c$ such that $$(1)\quad q^{\frac14+\frac1k}<a,b,|a-b|<q^{\frac14+\frac2k} < ...
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At what point would an elementary generalization of Bertrand's Postulate be interesting?

I know that in 1952 Jitsuro Nagura was able to show that there is always a prime between $k$ and $\frac{6k}{5}$ for $k > 24$. At what point would an improvement on Nagura's result be interesting? ...
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On random divisor sums modulo $2^k$

Let $k,n,\ell$ be positive integers with $k,n\ge 2$ and $0\le \ell \le k-1$. For each integer $2\le j \le n$, choose a divisor $d_j$ of $j$, uniformly at random from the divisors of $j$. We denote by ...
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3-7 primes in base 10

After a quick look at the sequence (of primes) A020463, $$ 3, 7, 37, 73, 337, 373, 733, 773, 3373, \dots, $$ the following question is straighforward: Are there infinitely many primes compiled from ...
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Any heuristics explaining why one seems to have $2n=p+q\Rightarrow\pi(p)+\pi(q)=Li(2n)+o(1)$?

The title explains almost everything: suppose $2n$ is a Goldbach number, i.e. an even positive integer such that there exist two primes $p$ and $q$ fulfilling $2n=p+q$. It seems that "most of the ...
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Find the values of $n$ that satisfy this inequality involving a product over prime numbers [closed]

Inequality What values of $n$ satisfy the following inequality? $$2(n-2) < Ap_n\prod_{i=3}^n \left(\frac{p_i-2}{p_i}\right)$$ $p$ are prime numbers and the notation $p_i$ indicates the $i$th ...
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The values of $n$ which satisfy an inequality about prime numbers

For which values of $n$ does the following inequality hold for? $$2(n-2) < Ap_n\prod_{i=3}^n \left(\frac{p_i-1}{p_i}\right)$$ $p$ are prime numbers and the notation $p_i$ indicates the ...
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Asymptotic estimate for a random model of primes

Question Let $$ \pi_{rm_c}(x) = \sum_{ \substack{ {n\leq x}\\{(n+a,P(\sqrt{n}))=1}}} 1-1, $$ where $P(x)$ is the product of all primes less or equal to $x$ and $a$ is a random integer constrained to ...
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Set of triple-primes satisfying a certain equation

Is there a set of triple-primes satisfying the following equation? $p_1p_2+p_2p_3+p_3p_1+p_1+p_2+p_3=2^β,p_1p_2p_3=2^α-1,α>β.$ I have checked the first 11 numbers that no one satisfy the above ...
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k-Almost Primes in short intervals

According to this question every interval $[x, x + x^{0.45}]$ contains a product of two primes, and this has been improved further slightly. Are there better results available for $k$-almost primes? ...
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Intersection between the sums of the first positive integers, primes and non primes

Is the following conjecture true ? $$\left\{\sum\limits_{\begin{array}{c}k=1\\k\in\mathbb{Z}\end{array}}^nk \ |\ n\in\Bbb Z\right\} \cap \left\lbrace ...
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Is the following claim true about systems of quadratic congruences modulo consecutive prime numbers

Is the following true? Choose any value for $y : y \in \mathbb{N}$ If $N(y)$ is the smallest natural number that satisfies the following system of quadratic congruences: $N(y)^2 \not\equiv 1$ ...
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Can $b^4+1$ be a pseudoprime to base 2 (except for Fermat numbers)?

Cross-post: This very elementary question was first posted to Mathematics Stack Exchange but the response I got there (even after offering a bounty) was not useful. For the purpose of this question, ...
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On a theorem of Hensel about congruence of binomial coefficient

In the paper Binomial coefficients modulo prime powers, Andrew Granville stated the following theorem: Let $n, m$ and $r=n-m$ be three given positive integer and $p^k$ is the exact power of $p$ ...
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An upper bound on $\sum_{n^{1/3}<p,q\leq n^{1/2}} \frac{n}{pq}-\lfloor \frac{n}{pq}\rfloor$

I would like to ask if there is a good upper bound on the difference $$D_2(n)=\sum_{n^{1/3}<p,q\leq n^{1/2}} \left(\frac{n}{pq}-\left\lfloor \frac{n}{pq}\right\rfloor\right)\quad (1) $$where $p$ ...
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Why such an interest in studying prime gaps?

Prime gaps studies seems to be one of the most fertile topics in analytic number theory, for long and in lots of directions : lower bounds (recent works by Maynard, Tao et al. [1]) upper bounds ...
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Can primes be (almost) random sequence in von Mises sense?

Random models for primes (such as Cramer's model) have been extensively used for informal justification of various conjectures involving primes. It is crucial to understand in what sense sequence of ...
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Could this unexpected bias in the distribution of consecutive primes have any impact on the security of encryption algorithms?

In a recent paper a quite unexpected result about a new pattern in prime numbers emerged: Unexpected biases in the distribution of consecutive primesby Oliver, R. J. L.; Soundararajan, K. (Submitted ...
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Primary structures in $\mathbb Q$

I'll formulate a topic restricted here to the positive rational numbers $\ \mathbb Q_{_{>0}},\ $, then will pose a question (Q2) plus some related, to which I don't know the answers nor reference. ...
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Large Gaps Between Almost Primes

What is the best lower bound for the longest interval contained in $[1,x]$ free of primes and products of two primes? In other words I am asking for the best lower bounds in a variant of the ...
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Behavior of partial Euler product in the critical strip (with Dirichlet Character)

Consider a primitive Dirichlet Character $\chi$ (non principal) and the partial Euler product attached to the L-function $L(\chi,s)$ ($p_i$ are the prime numbers) : $$P(\chi,N)=\prod_{i=1}^{N} ...
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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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How does Yitang Zhang use Cauchy's inequality and Theorem 2 to obtain the error term coming from the $S_2$ sum

I have been reading Yitang Zhang's paper now for one and a half weeks and also volunteered to give a popular talk on the paper next week at Stockholm University. Today I found a detail in the proof ...
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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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Evolution of partial sum of a sequence of induced Dirichlet characters

Let's consider the Dirichlet Character $\chi_3(n)$ modulo 3 given by $\chi_3(1)=1$, $\chi_3(2)=-1$ and $\chi_3(3)=\chi_3(0)=0$. Lets consider the sequence of induced characters $\chi^{P_N} $ obtained ...
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Why the search for ever larger primes?

I understand why primes are useful numbers and also why the product of large primes are useful such as for application in public key cryptography, but I am wondering why it is useful to continue the ...
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On partial sum of non-primitive Dirichlet characters

Consider a Dirichlet character, $\chi(n)$, and the partial sum : $$S(\chi,x)=\bigg |\sum_{n=1}^{x} \chi(n)\bigg|$$ There are many works to bound this sum when $\chi$ is a primitive character, but ...
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Independence between the number of prime factors of $n$ and $n+2$

I am interested in having an upper bound for the cardinality of $\#\left\{n\leq x\,:\quad\omega(n)=k, \omega(n+2)=\ell\right\}$ for $k,\ell\geq 1$, where $\omega(n)=\sum_{p\vert n}1$ counts the ...
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Distribution of primes and near-primes among $\prod p_k \pm 1$

For $n\in \Bbb{Z}^+$ define the statement "$n$ is $k$-social" to mean that $$ \prod_{i=1}^n p_i +1 \mbox{ has exactly } k \mbox{ prime factors} $$ where $p_i$ is the $i$-th prime. So for example $5$ ...
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Is it consistent with Cramer's conjecture to conjecture that $x/\pi_{2}(x)>2B_{2}/6\times\log^{2}x$?

Brun's constant $B_{2}$ is defined as $B_{2}=1/3+1/5+1/5+1/7+1/11+1/13+...$ where the sum is taken on $p$ such that $p$ is an element of a couple of twin primes. The number of twin primes below is ...
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What is the relative size of the radical of an ABC-triple relative to the number of primes up to its largest element?

Write $\bf N$ for the set of natural numbers, and $P$ for the set of primes. For $x$ in $\bf N$ let $p(x)$ be the product of the primes dividing $x$ (that is, the "radical" of $x$). Also write $\#(x)$ ...
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$(n+1)!_\mathbb{P}$ and the Euler-Mascheroni constant

I'm studying the following limit $$\lim_{n\to \infty} \frac{1}{n} \ln\left( \frac{(n+1)!_\mathbb{P}}{n^n}\right) $$ where $$(n+1)!_\mathbb{P} = \prod\limits_{p \in \mathbb{P}}^{} ...
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Are there open problems for primes which are known for probable primes?

Define "probable prime" (PP) to be natural $n>1$ satisfying $2^{n-1} \equiv 1 \pmod{n}$ or $n=2$. Probable primes are the union of the primes and base two pseudoprimes. This definition is much ...
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Can we always attain another prime via inserting digits between the digits of a fixed prime?

The sequence OEIS A080437 is For n > 10, let m = n-th prime. If m is a k-digit prime then a(n) = smallest prime obtained by inserting digits between every pair of digits of m. I don't see why ...
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natural radical and an algebraic expression in $\pi$ and/or $e$

Let $\ \mathbb N:= \{1\ 2\ \ldots\}\ $ be the set of natural numbers. Let $\ \mathbb P:=\{2\,\ 3\,\ 5\,\ 7\,\ 11\,\ \ldots\}\ $ be the set of primes. Then natural radical $\ rad(n)\ $ is $$ rad(n)\ ...
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Use of infinitude of primes in the Green-Tao theorem [closed]

In a video I watched last night on nuking mathematical mosquitos, Matt Parker gave the following proof of the infinitude of primes: suppose there are finitely many primes. The Green-Tao theorem says ...
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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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How big are the prime factors of $2^kp - 1$?

I have already asked this question here. No answers despite the bounty (which has now ended) Let $p$ be a prime number, $p > 3$. Does there always exist $k \in \mathbb N_{\ge 1}$ such that the ...
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Does the sum $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{p_n(p_{n+1}-p_n)}$ converge?

Prove, if possible in an elementary way, that $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{p_n(p_{n+1}-p_n)}$ converges/diverges, where $p_n$ denotes the $n^{\textrm{th}}$ prime.
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Elementary prime-generating sequences

A student of mine keeps coming again and again and telling "I've found a formula $n\mapsto f(n)$ giving all primes" or sometimes "infinitely many primes", where $f$ is a classical function (I mean ...