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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How did Cole factor $2^{67}-1$ in 1903

I just heard a This American Life episode which recounted the famous anecdote about Frank Nelson Cole factoring $N:=2^{67}-1$ as $193707721 \times 761838257287$. There doesn't seem to be a historical ...
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A not-so-weak Goldbach's conjecture

While Goldbach's conjecture (every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes) remains open, one can weaken the question by asking whether every (even,odd) integer can be ...
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Analog of Euler's factoring technique

Is there an analog of Euler's Two Squares factoring theorem over polynomial rings $\Bbb Z[x]$ by considering a version for non-negative polynomials? Euler's two squares factoring states that numbers ...
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Prime divisors of the norm of the first coefficient of an elliptic newform at width-1 cusps.

Let $E/\mathbb{Q}$ be an elliptic curve of conductor $N$ and let $f$ be its newform. Suppose $p \geq 5$ is a prime such that $p^2 \mid N$. We assume $f$ is $p$-minimal, which is equivalent to that the ...
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Non-standard Gauss sums

I have the following problem. Let $p$ be some prime. What is the value of \begin{equation} \sum_{k=1}^{p-1} \left(\frac{k+1}{p}\right) \omega_p^{kl}, \end{equation} where $\left(\frac{k+1}{p}\right)$ ...
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Is there a name for these prime and composite numbers? [closed]

For example 67 is the 19th prime number and the 19th composite number is 30. The 37th prime is 157 and the 37th composite is 54. The 329th prime is 2207 and the 329th composite is 410. I need a word ...
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Smallest constant so that there are at least $n/\log_2{n}$ primes between $n$ and a constant multiple of $n$

What is the smallest known $c$ so that for any $n\geq 2$ there are at least $n/\log_2{n}$ primes between $n$ and $cn$ (inclusive)? The prime number theorem seems to give an asymptotic result so I am ...
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Why could Mertens not prove the prime number theorem?

We know that $$ \sum_{n \le x}\frac{1}{n\ln n} = \ln\ln x + c_1 + O(1/x) $$ where $c_1$ is a constant. Again Mertens' theorem says that the primes $p$ satisfy $$ \sum_{p \le x}\frac{1}{p} = \ln\ln ...
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Expliciting the distance between consecutive Goldbach numbers assuming it's finite

In this paper, the author shows unconditionally that at least one of the following statements holds: i) the distance between two consecutive Goldbach numbers is finite, i.e. there exists an ...
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Asymptotics on number of bounded prime gaps [duplicate]

It's been over 2 years since the groundbreaking paper by Yitang Zhang in which he has shown that infinitely many prime pairs are by some constant $H$, with $H\leq 70000000$. Over the course of the ...
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A question on the Siegel's theorem in specific condition

I want to know the number of expressions such that \begin{align} x=p+aq \end{align} for sufficiently large even number $x$, where $p$ and $q$ are prime numbers and $a$ is a positive odd integer which ...
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A Collatz-like function that bifurcates on primes

This is likely piling one mystery on another, but ... I was exploring a function $f(n): \mathbb{N} \mapsto \mathbb{N}$ defined as follows: $$ f(n) = \begin{cases} n^2 & \text{if} \;n \;\text{is ...
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Are There Infinitly Many $n$ Which $a\times n!+1$ Be Composite?

$ax+1$ is a linear polynomial with integral coefficients. Are there infinitly many $n$ which $a\times n!+1$ be composite? As I know this problem is true for polynomials with degree greater that 1, ...
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Are there always at least *five* divisions?

@JosephO'Rourke asked a question about a Collatz like function related to primes: $f(n) = \begin{cases} n^2 & \text{if} \;n \;\text{is prime} \\ \lfloor n/2 \rfloor & \text{if} \;n ...
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Distribution of composite numbers

I have moved this question to math.stackexchange.com. People who are interested in this question can discuss at :http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1272431/distribution-of-composite-numbers ...
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Farey Fractions Estimate Equivalent to the Prime Number Theorem?

Wikipedia's article on Farey Fractions points to an article of Jerome Franel that some averages are equivalent to the Riemann hypothesis. Let $F_n$ be the $n$-th Farey sequence, then the number of ...
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Is the following conjecture equivalent to the Second Hardy-Littlewood Conjecture? [closed]

Let $y$ be an arbitrary positive real number such that $y\ge 2$. Then if we can prove that, $$\lim_{x\to\infty}\dfrac{\pi(x)+\pi(y)}{\pi(x+y)}=1$$will it imply that for all sufficiently large $x$ ...
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Small quotients of smooth numbers

Assume that $N=2^k$, and let $\{n_1, \dots, n_N\}$ denote the set of square-free positive integers which are generated by the first $k$ primes, sorted in increasing order. Question: what is a good ...
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Has this formula for $G_{k}:=\lim\inf_{n\to\infty}p_{n+k}-p_{n}$ been conjectured?

I give here a heuristics that suggests that the quantity $\displaystyle{G_{k}:=\liminf_{n\to\infty}p_{n+k}-p_{n}}$ should be approximately equal to $k(1+H_{k})$, where $H_{k}$ is the $k$-th harmonic ...
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Why are solutions to $\sqrt[k]{x_1^k+x_2^k+x_3^k+x_4^k}$ for $k=2,3$ curiously smooth?

Given an integer solution $s_m$ to the system, $$x_1^2+x_2^2+\dots+x_n^2 = y^2$$ $$x_1^3+x_2^3+\dots+x_n^3 = z^3$$ and define the function, $$F(s_m) = x_1+x_2+\dots+x_n$$ For $n\geq3$, using an ...
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Are reduced residue systems relative primorials an active area of research? If not, why not?

As a math amateur, I am finding the study reduced residue systems relative a primorial a very interesting way to understand the distribution of primes. For example, it is fascinating to me that it is ...
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Primes that are the sum of three squares

This is in some sense an extension of the earlier MO question, "Gaussian prime spirals." Gaussian primes in the complex plane, $a+b i$, require $a^2 +b^2$ prime off the axes. The generalization to ...
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Uniform upper bound for the sum over primes $\sum_{p \leq x} p^{-1+\varepsilon}$

I am reading the article D. M. Gordon and C. Pomerance, The distribution of Lucas and elliptic pseudoprime, Math. Comp. (1991) (click). In equation (27) the authors, apparently, used the following ...
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Asymptotic limit of truncated Legendre sieve

Consider the truncated sum $$ S(x):=\sum_{\substack{{d\mid P(\sqrt{x})}\\{d\leq x}}}\mu(d)/d, $$ where $P(z)$ is the product of all primes less than or equal to $z$, and $\mu(d)$ is the Möbius ...
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A Polynomial With Positive Prime Density

Let $P(x)$ be a non-constant polynomial with real coefficients. Can natural density of $$\{n\ |\ \lfloor P(n)\rfloor \ \text{is prime.}\}$$ be positive?
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Squarefree part of a Mersenne number

Consider the Mersenne number; $M_p=2^p−1$. Let $M_p=a_pb^2_p$ where $a_p$ is positive, squarefree, and $p$ is prime. A chinese paper written by Le Maohua "“On Mersenne Numbers”" states that the ...
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Primes isolated by large gaps to either side

Say that the $n$-th prime $p_n$ is isolated to degree $k$ (my notation) if the prime gap to either side is larger than $\log p_n$ to the $k$-th power: \begin{eqnarray*} p_n - p_{n-1} & > & ...
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Is Li(x) the best possible approximation to the prime-counting function?

The Prime Number Theorem says that $\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{\pi(n)}{\mathrm{Li}(n)} = 1$, where $\mathrm{Li}(x)$ is the Logarithm integral function $\mathrm{Li}(x) = \int_2^x \frac{1}{\log(x)}dx$. ...
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Primes as uncorrelated random variables [closed]

The heuristic justification section of the Wikipedia article about Goldbach's conjecture says that the argument that suggests that the number of twin primes below $x$ should be roughly ...
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A variant of Goldbach Conjecture

I'm asking if this variant of weak Goldbach's Conjecture is already known. Let $N$ be an odd number. Does there exists prime numbers $p_1$, $p_2$ and $p_3$ such that $p_1+p_2-p_3=N$? Ideally, can we ...
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What does the sum of the reciprocals of all the highly composite numbers converge to?

I've calculated the sum of the reciprocals of all the $156$ first highly composite numbers up to $10^{18}$: $\sum \dfrac{1}{HCC(n)} = \dfrac{1}{2} + \dfrac{1}{4} + \dfrac{1}{6} + \dfrac{1}{12} + ...
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Brocard's problem [closed]

According to Brocard's problem $$x^{2}-1=n!=4!*(5+1)(5+2)...(5+s)$$ here,$(5+1)(5+2)...(5+s)=\mathcal{O}(5^{r}),4!=k$. So, $$x^{2}-1=k *\mathcal{O}(5^{r})$$ Here, $\mathcal{O}$ is Big O ...
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divisible by all standard prime numbers

This question is about prime numbers in nonstandard models of Peano Arithmetic. Every such model looks like N+AxZ, where A is a dense linear order without end points. There are many nonstandard ...
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Can integers be distorted to make primes more regular?

Given a set $P$ of real numbers $\ge 1$, define the gap among different products in $P$ as $$g(P) = \inf \big\{\prod_{i=1}^n p_i^{a_i} - \prod_{i=1}^n p_i^{b_i} \mid p_i\in P;\,\, p_i\ne p_j \,\text{ ...
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Generalization of Little Fermat Theorem for a particular $a$ and perfect shuffles

I'm looking for the smallest $n\in \mathbb{N}$ that solves the following equation: $$2^n=1 \mod m$$ For an odd $m$. I know that Little Fermat Theorem and Euler Totient give me a solution but they ...
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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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What is the Complexity Class of the “Function Variant” of the Integer Factorization Problem?

I've been reading up a lot Prime Factorization and it's complexity, including a fair number of questions on this very site. However, I still feel there is a question still left unanswered. So, ...
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Infinite sums with Mobius Inversion : can we have uniform convergence of inversion formula?

My question is on Mobius inversion formula convergence/properties when used with infinite sums of function. Lets consider (on $\mathbb{R}^{+}$): $$S(x)= \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} f(nx)$$ We call ...
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Can you find squares in this class?

For a problem I am working over, I would like to prove that numbers of the following type are not squares $p(l^4+6l^2m^2-3m^4)$ where $p,l,m$ are integers an $p$ prime. I have already found various ...
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Which kind of subsets of primes one needs to generate a positive ratio of the natural numbers?

Not knowing elementary number theory well, I ask this one, which is not very clear to answer, rather I am looking for some results around this question or known theorems. The problem is the following: ...
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Sum of two squares and implication of Bunyakovsky conjecture

Bunyakovsky's 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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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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Polynomial congruences with respect to a large prime (power)

Suppose that $f(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ is a polynomial of degree $d$ such that for all primes $p$, there exists $x_0 \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $p^2 \nmid f(x_0)$. Further, suppose that $f$ is ...
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Asymptotic formula for $\prod_{p\leq x} (1-p^{-1})$ [closed]

Does there exists a good asymptotic formula for $$A(x) := \prod_{p\leq x}(1-\frac 1p).$$ By using a heuristic argument one can guess: $$A(x) \sim \frac{1}{2\,\mathrm{ln}(x)}.$$ Here is the ...
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Does the Maynard-Tao Theorem apply to general tuples of linear forms?

In the paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1311.5319v1.pdf the author states the following theorem, which he attributes to Maynard and Tao. For any integer $m > 2$, there exists an integer $k = k(m)$ such ...
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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 it true that the sum of a specific floor function of a prime = 1?

I noticed that for primes $p \le 109$, the following seems to be true: $$\sum_{i | p\#}^{p\#} \left\lfloor{\frac{p}{i}\mu(i)}\right\rfloor = 1$$ where $\mu(i)$ is the Mobius function. For example: ...
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Density of numbers whose prime factors all come from a fixed congruence class

Let $q$ be a positive integer greater than one, and let $a$ be an integer such that $\gcd(a,q) = 1$. Define $$D(a,q) = \{n \in \mathbb{N} : p | n \Rightarrow p \equiv a \pmod{q} \}.$$ Do we know the ...
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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 ...