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There should be infinitely many primes of the form $5+6n$. How do you prove it? The same should be true for $7+6n$.

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related. –  TMM May 31 '13 at 0:24

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Primes of the form $6n+5$ is particularly easy:

Suppose that there are finitely many primes of the form $6n+5$, namely $p_1,\cdots, p_n$.

Consider $p^*=6p_1\cdots p_n -1$.

Note that any odd prime other than 3, is of the form $6n+1$ or $6n+5$.

Thus, prime divisors of $p^*$ are either of the form $6n+1$ or $6n+5$.

The prime divisors of $p^*$ should have at least one prime divisor of the form $6n+5$.

This is a contradiction.

For primes of the form $6n+1$, use the following:

"Existence of $x$ in $x^2-x+1\equiv 0\textrm{ mod }p$ $\Longleftrightarrow$ $p$ is of the form $6n+1$."

Suppose there are only finitely many $6n+1$ primes, namely $p_1,\cdots, p_n$,

Then consider $p^*=(p_1\cdots p_n)^2-(p_1\cdots p_n) + 1$.

Prime divisor of $p^*$ should be of the form $6n+1$ according to the above equivalence.

This is a contradiction.

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