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Old 2018-02-17, 03:53   #238
Feb 2017

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Default Trivial Poll

How many contributers consider the distribution of prime numbers to be "random" or "psuedo-random" vs contributers who consider prime numbers to be very orderly distributed in the set of natural numbers?

Poll to be closed on 16/03/2018 (Would appreciate somebody that could summarize the poll results :))

"There are two facts about the distribution of prime numbers. The first is that, [they are] the most arbitrary and ornery objects studied by mathematicians: they grow like weeds among the natural numbers, seeming to obey no other law than that of chance, and nobody can predict where the next one will sprout.

The second fact is even more astonishing, for it states just the opposite: that the prime numbers exhibit stunning regularity, that there are laws governing their behavior, and that they obey these laws with almost military precision."

- Don Zagier, as quoted in Elementary Number Theory: Primes, Congruences, and Secrets -William Stein, January 23, 2017

Poll options;

(1) Random or Psuedo-random
(2) Regular, or
(3) Neither

Last fiddled with by gophne on 2018-02-17 at 03:57 Reason: To give poll options
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