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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Bound the error in estimating a relative totient function

Let $n=p_1^{e_1}\cdots p_k^{e_k}$ be an integer with $k$ prime factors. We know that the number of integers less than $n$ and coprime to it is $$\Phi(n)=n-\sum_i\frac n{p_i}\+\sum_{i \lt j}\frac ...
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Odd-bit primes ratio

Say that a number is an odd-bit number if the count of 1-bits in its binary representation is odd. Define an even-bit number analogously. Thus $541 = 1000011101_2$ is an odd-bit number, and $523 = ...
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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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A possible consequence of Dirichlet's theorem about primes in arithmetic progression

EDIT : I copy-paste the beginning of a previous question since Gerry Myerson suggested this question should be self-contained. "let's consider a composite natural number $n$ greater or equal to $4$. ...
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Asymptotic density of k-almost primes

Let $\pi_k(x)=|\{n\le x:n=p_1p_2\cdots p_k\}|$ be the counting function for the k-almost primes, generalizing $\pi(x)=\pi_1(x)$. A result of Landau is $$\pi_k(x)\sim\frac{x(\log\log ...
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A question on maps from $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ to itself

Let $p\geq 3$ be a prime number, and let $u:\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}\to \mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ be a map such that, for all $l\in \mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$,$l\neq 0$, the map $k\mapsto u(k+l)-u(k)$ is a ...
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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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Does Zhang's theorem generalize to $3$ or more primes in an interval of fixed length?

Let $p_n$ be the $n$-th prime number, as usual: $p_1 = 2$, $p_2 = 3$, $p_3 = 5$, $p_4 = 7$, etc. For $k=1,2,3,\ldots$, define $$ g_k = \liminf_{n \rightarrow \infty} (p_{n+k} - p_n). $$ Thus the twin ...
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Why so difficult to prove infinitely many restricted primes?

I wondered whether there were an infinite number of palindromic primes written in binary (11, 101, 111, 10001, 11111, 1001001, 1101011, ...) and quickly discovered that it is unknown (OEIS A117697). ...
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Arithmetic progressions without small primes

The following question came up in the discussion at How small can a group with an n-dimensional irreducible complex representation be? : Is it known that there are infinitely many primes p for which ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Would the following conjectures imply Cramer's conjecture?

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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Metric on the set of subsets of the rational primes

Note: this is a revision of an earlier post. It was kindly pointed out that my initial proposed metric was in fact not a metric, so this is a revised version. I was thinking how to say that two sets ...
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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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Estimate for products of integers that are relatively prime with $N$

Let $N$ be a positive integer. Are there known estimates for the product of all numbers that are smaller than $N$ and relatively prime with $N$? One can assume that $N$ is free of squares, if this ...
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Philosophy behind Yitang Zhang's work on the Twin Primes Conjecture

Yitang Zhang recently published a new attack on the Twin Primes Conjecture. Quoting Andre Granville : “The big experts in the field had already tried to make this approach work,” Granville ...
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Gaussian prime spirals

Imagine a particle in the complex plane, starting at $c_0$, a Gaussian integer, moving initially $\pm$ in the horizontal or vertical directions. When it hits a Gaussian prime, it turns left ...
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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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How hard is it to compute the number of prime factors of a given integer?

I asked a related question on this mathoverflow thread. That question was promptly answered. This is a natural followup question to that one, which I decided to repost since that question is answered. ...
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Strange (or stupid) arithmetic derivation

Let us consider the following operation on positive integers: $$n=\prod_{i=1}^{k}p_i^{\alpha_i} \qquad f(n):= \prod_{i=1}^{k}\alpha_ip_i^{\alpha_i-1}$$ (Is it true that if we apply this operation to ...
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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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Integers not represented by $ 2 x^2 + x y + 3 y^2 + z^3 - z $

EDIT, 9 March 2014: when I asked this in 2010, I did not have the courage of my convictions, and so did not ask for an if and only if proof, as Kevin Buzzard quite properly pointed out. Such problems ...
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Are the primes normally distributed? Or is this the Riemann hypothesis?

Forgive my very naive question. I know next to nothing about number theory, but I'm curious about the state of the art on the distribution of primes. Let $\mathrm{Li}(x)$ be the offset logarithmic ...
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Prime factorization “demoted” leads to function whose fixed points are primes?

Let $n$ be a natural number whose prime factorization is $$n=\prod_{i=1}^{k}p_i^{\alpha_i} \; .$$ Define a function $g(n)$ as follows $$g(n)=\sum_{i=1}^{k}p_i {\alpha_i} \,$$ i.e., exponentiation is ...
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Are There Primes of Every Hamming Weight?

That is, for every integer $n \in \mathbb{Z}_{>0}$ does there exist a prime which is the sum of $n$ distinct powers of $2$? In this case, the Hamming weight of a number is the number of $1$s in ...
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Question on consecutive integers with similar prime factorizations

Suppose that $n=\prod_{i=1}^{k} p_i^{e_i}$ and $m=\prod_{i=1}^{l} q_i^{f_i}$ are prime factorizations of two positive integers $n$ and $m$, with the primes permuted so that $e_1 \le e_2 \cdots \le ...
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Examples of prime numbers in nature [closed]

Finding primes in signals is seen as a sign of some kind of intelligence - see e.g. the role of primes in the search for extraterrestrial life (see e.g. here). This is because there are relatively few ...
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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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Are there any interesting or lesser known proofs related to Bertrand's Postulate

There are 3 standard proofs of Bertrand's Postulate: (1) Chebyshev's original proof (2) Ramanujan's simplification of Chebyshev's proof (3) Erdos's proof I recently learned about the very ...
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Composite pairs of the form n!-1 and n!+1

It's well known that the numbers of the form $n!\pm1$ are not always prime. Indeed, Wilson's Theorem guarantees that $(p-2)!-1$ and $(p-1)!+1$ are composite for every prime number $p > 5$. Is ...
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The Green-Tao theorem and positive binary quadratic forms

Some time ago I asked a question on consecutive numbers represented integrally by an integral positive binary quadratic form. It has occurred to me that, instead, the Green-Tao theorem may include a ...
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Sequences equidistributed modulo 1

Let $\alpha$ be any positive irrational and $\beta$ be any positive real. We have the following results. H. Weyl (1909): The fractional part of the sequence $\alpha n$ is equidistributed modulo 1. ...
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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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Analytic lower bounds on the first sign change of pi(x) - li(x)?

There have been many results on the first sign change of $\pi(x)-{\mathrm{li}}(x)$: among others, Lehman, te Riele, Bays & Hudson, Demichael, Chao & Plymen, and most recently Saouter & ...
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A non-standard ergodic limit

Suppose $T$ is an ergodic measure-preserving transformation on a measure space $(X,\Sigma,\mu)$, and $f\in L^1(\mu)$. Does the limit $\lim_{X\to\infty} \pi(X)^{-1}\sum_{p\leq X} f(T^{p}x)$ exist ...
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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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Random pseudoprimes vs. primes

(Edit. What I called "pseudoprimes" are known as "Cramér random primes" in the literature, of which I was unaware.) Say that a set $S$ of natural numbers is a set of pseudoprimes if they are (a) ...
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a question for the prime counting function

A famous inequality that has been proved by J.B. Rosser and L. Schoenfeld says that $\frac{n}{\ln n-1/2}$ < $\pi(n)$<$\frac{n}{\ln n-3/2} , n\ge 67$. Using this inequality we can prove ...
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Permutations of $(Z/pZ)^*$

Let $p$ be a prime integer, and let $(\mathbb Z/p\mathbb Z)^*$ be the set of non-zero elements of $\mathbb Z/p \mathbb Z$. Denote by $S((\mathbb Z/p \mathbb Z)^*)$ the group of permutations of ...
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Abel summation of the alternating series of primes?

Consider the ordinary generating function of the sequence of primes ($2+3x+5x^2+7x^3 + ...$); by the ratio test and the prime number theorem, its radius of convergence is $1$. Thus, we might well ask ...
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Values where infinite products of primes and composites are equal

Highly grateful for your help/steers on the following question (at the end): Take the infinite product: $$\displaystyle T(s) = \prod _{n=2}^{\infty } \left( \dfrac{{n}^{s}} {{n}^{s}-1}\right)$$ for ...
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Can a number be factored quickly, given the sum of its prime factors?

This is perhaps most naturally phrased as a promise problem. Given numbers $n$ and $s$, where $s$ is the sum of the prime factors of $n$ (distinct or with multiplicity; I imagine both variants will ...
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The shortest interval for which the prime number theorem holds [closed]

It is well known that the prime number theorem on the form \begin{align*} \pi(x+y) - \pi(x) \sim \frac{y}{\log (x+y)} \end{align*} breaks down for short enough intervals, e.g. taking $y=(\log ...
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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 von Koch-type theorem for the generalized Riemann hypothesis?

Helge von Koch proved in 1901 that the Riemann hypothesis is equivalent to the error term in the prime number theorem having the bound $$ \mid\pi(x)-\textrm{li}(x)\mid=O(\sqrt{x} \log x). $$ Q1: ...
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Asymptotics for the number of partitions of $n$ into odd prime parts

Hello! I am interested in the asymptotic behavior of the function $p_o(n)$ defined as the number of partitions of $n$ into odd prime parts A099773 - http://oeis.org/A099773 . I couldn't find any ...
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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: ...