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Old 2018-03-18, 08:31   #262
Feb 2017

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"Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the mind will never penetrate."

Leonard Euler, in G. Simmons, Calculus Gems, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1992


"Prime numbers have always fascinated mathematicians, professional and amateur alike. They appear among the integers, seemingly at random, and yet not quite: there seems to be some order or pattern, just a little below the surface, just a little out of reach."

Underwood Dudley, Elementary Number Theory (Freeman, 1978) p.163


"Who would have imagined that something as straightforward as the natural numbers (1, 2, 3, 4,...) could give birth to anything so baffling as the prime numbers (2, 3 ,5, 7, 11, ...)?"

Ian Stewart, "Jumping Champions", Scientific American, December 2000
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