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Irrationality of $\displaystyle\sum_{p\in\mathbb{P}} \frac{1}{2^{p}}$

Let $\mathbb{P}$ be the set of prime numbers, and consider $m=\displaystyle\sum_{p\in\mathbb{P}} \frac{1}{2^{p}}$. Is $m$ irrational? In the following paper, the author recalls several sufficient ...
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Divergence of the Derivative of the Prime Counting Function

On the one hand, the Prime Counting Function $\pi_0(x)$ maybe be written $$ \pi_0(x) = \operatorname{R}(x^1) - \sum_{\rho}\operatorname{R}(x^{\rho}) \tag{1} $$ with $ \operatorname{R}(z) = ...
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Sheldon Cooper Primes

On the $73^{\text{rd}}$ episode of the Big Bang Theory, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, an astrophysicist portrayed by Jim Parsons $(1973 - \stackrel{\text{hopefully}}{2073})$ revealed his favorite number to be ...
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Sorting of prime gaps

Let $g_i $ be the $i^{th}$ prime gap $p_{i+1}-p_i.$ If we re-arrange the sequence $ (g_{n,i})_{i=1}^n$ so that for any finite $n$ the gaps are arranged from smallest to largest we have a new sequence ...
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Algorithm to find primes up to $n$ in $O\left(\frac{n}{\log n}\right)$?

Consider the problem of given an integer $n$, generating a list of the primes not greater than $n$. An optimized version of the Sieve of Eratosthenes can do such task in $O(n)$, while the more modern ...
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Cramér's Model - “The Prime Numbers and Their Distribution” - Part 1

I was reading "The Prime Numbers and Their Distribution" by Gérald Tenenbaum and Michel Mendès France, the section about Cramér's Model, and I couldn't prove a couple of results. I would like to start ...
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A question about the divisibility of sum of 2 consecutive primes.

Well as I was curious about the sum of $2$ consecutive primes, after proving that the sum for the odd primes always has at least 3 prime divisors, I came up with this question: Find the least ...
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Continued fraction with prime reciprocal entries

We know that the reciprocals of the primes form a divergent series. We also know that a necessary and sufficient condition for a continued fraction to converge is that its entries diverge as a series. ...
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An infinitude of “congruence condition” primes?

Background: Several special classes of primes can be written as primes that satisfy some additional constraint $f(p)\equiv 0\pmod p$; for instance, Wilson primes are congruence primes with ...
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Why does this identity equal the number of primes?

Can someone explain why this identity gives the number of primes? I don't understand it. $D_{0,a}(n) = 1$ $D_{k,a}(n) = \displaystyle\sum_{j=1}^{k} \binom{k}{j}\sum_{m=a+1}^{\lfloor ...
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Divisors of sequence $n,P(n),P(P(n)),\ldots$

Let $P(x)$ be a polynomial with nonnegative integer coefficients consisting of more than one nonzero term. Let $n$ be a positive integer. Is the set of prime numbers which divide at least one number ...
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Intuition behind Erdős proof of the infinitude of prime numbers

Suppose by contradiction that there are finitely many primes, namely $p_1, p_2,...,p_k$, where $k$ is a natural number. Now consider another natural number $n$, and all natural numbers $m \leq n$. ...
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Why are minima of $(k \bmod 4)$-Prime $\zeta$ functions $|P_x(r,t)|$ more frequent for $\frac\pi2\leq t \leq \pi$?

I got these plots when I evaluate the sum of truncated $(k \bmod 4)$-Prime $\zeta$ function, i.e. $$ P_x(r,t)=P_{x;4,1}(-ir\cos t)+P_{x;4,3}(-ir\sin t)=\sum_{x\geq p\;\bmod\;4=3} p^{-ir\cos ...
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Asymptotics of the lower approximation of a pair of natural numbers by a coprime pair

When we are working, for instance, in combinatorics or graph theory, sometimes we can have the following situation. For each number $m$ from an infinite set $\mathbb M\subset\mathbb N$ we can ...
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Understanding Ramanujan's approach in his proof of Bertrand's Postulate

I've been reading through Ramanujan's proof of Betrand's Postulate and I'm not clear why he didn't state his proof in terms of $\varphi(2x) - \varphi(x)$ What would be wrong with this approach for ...
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How many numbers of the form $p_1^2 p_2 p_3$ are there less than $10^{15}$ for $p_1$, $p_2$, $p_3$ distinct primes?

Is there an easy way to compute the following question: How many numbers of the form $p_1^2 p_2 p_3$ are there less than $10^{15}$ for $p_1$, $p_2$, $p_3$ distinct primes? The only thing that ...
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Weak version of Fortune's conjecture

Let $p\#=2\cdot3\cdot5\cdots p$ denote the primorial and $N(x)$ the smallest prime greater than or equal to $x$. Then Fortune's conjecture is that $N(p\#+2)-p\#$ is prime for all $p$. (Heuristic: to ...
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What's so special about primes $x^2+27y^2 = 31,43, 109, 157,\dots$ for cubics?

While trying to find a closed-form solution for particular cubics as sums of cosines (related to this question), I came across this family with all roots real, $$F(x) = x^3+x^2-2mx+N = ...
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A little more on $\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{2\pi}7\bigr)}+\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{4\pi}7\bigr)}+\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{8\pi}7\bigr)}$

Using a special case of an identity by Ramanujan, we find that given the roots $x_i$ of $$x^3 + x^2 - (3 n^2 + n)x + n^3=0\tag1$$ which, since its discriminant is negative, always has three real ...
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Given the first $n$ primes, find the least common multiple of $p_1 - 1$, $p_2 - 1$, …, $p_n - 1$

Given the first $n$ primes, we can label the $k$th prime as $p_k$. So, what is the least common multiple(LCM) of {$p_1 - 1$, $p_2 - 1$, $p_3 - 1$, ..., $p_n-1$}? In other words, if we subtract $1$ ...
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Is this a recurrence for the characteristic sequence of composite numbers?

The characteristic sequence of composite numbers is equal to 1 if $n$ is not a prime number and equal to 0 if $n$ is a prime number, starting: $$1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1,...$$ where the ...
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Prime numbers, analysis of polylogarithms

Can any interesting results concering prime numbers be obtained using the analytic properties of the polylogarithm, similar to how analytic methods are used on the zeta function to obtain results ...
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Two (strictly related) proofs by induction of inequalities.

Predictably, I'm stuck with the inductive steps. Let $p_m$ be the largest prime factor of $a_n$ and set $\lim_{n\to \infty}\frac{\log a_n}{p_m}=1$. Suppose also this ratio converges to $1$ faster than ...
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To solve for $x,y,n$ in non-negative integers , $\dfrac{x!+y!}{n!}=p^n$ , $p$ a given prime

Let $p$ be a given prime , then how do we find non-negative integers $(x,y,n)$ $\space$ , such that $\dfrac{x!+y!}{n!}=p^n$ ?
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For primes $P_1$ and $P_2$, exists a prime $P_3$ that both $P_i + 6P_3$ is a prime

I was thinking about twin primes and I came to ask this question: If we have two distinct primes $P_1$ and $P_2$ which are both greater than $3$, then does there always exist a prime $P_3$ such that ...
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Coprime multiplicative orders modulo infinitely many primes

Is it true that there are infinitely many primes $p$ such that the multiplicative orders of $2$ and $3$ are coprime $\pmod{p}$? By this I mean their order in $(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})^*$. If the ...
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The prime number theorem and the nth prime

This is a much clearer restatement of an earlier question. In section 1.8 of Hardy & Wright, An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, it is proved that the function inverse to $ x ⁄ \log⁡ x$ is ...
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Number of primefactors in $ f(n,W) = \prod_{k=1}^W (p_k^n -1) \text{ where } p_k=Prime(k) $

I'm reviving an old fiddling, although I do not yet really see its benefit. Beginning with the eulerproduct for the zeta-function in the representation $\small \zeta(n)=\prod {1\over 1-p^{-n} } = ...
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Primality of $n! +1$

I came across with a problem where I was required to examine primality of $n! +1$ (17! + 1 was the actual number). Although Wilson's Theorem could be manipulated for determining primality of $n! + ...
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Does this prime generating way generate all the prime numbers?

I've thought of the following algorithm to find the entire list of prime numbers: Take a prime number $p$ to your list. $1.$ Multiply all the numbers in your list and call the number you get ...
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Are $ut + 1$ and $ut + t + 1$ both prime for some t for any $u$?

Conjecture : For any natural number $u$, there is a natural number $t$ such that $ut + 1$ and $ut + t + 1$ are both prime. So we get a solution of the equation $$au - b(u+1) = -1$$ with prime ...
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How to list the prime factorised natural numbers?

Today I set out to invent a two character numeral system designed to make factorization trivial. Indeed, it lets one factor non-trivial numbers with over thousand digits within 30 seconds per hand - ...
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Logical consequence of Euclid's theorem

Are there any far reaching non-trivial consequences of Euclid's infinitude of primes where theorems make use of it? Wikipedia does not have the list of applications of this theorem, rather modern ...
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Maximum length of sequence of non-coprimes of $N$ - least upper bound for Jacobsthal's function

I am looking at the length of the longest sequences of adjacent integers that are not coprime to $N$ for very large $N$. Let $F_N$ be the set of integers less than $N$ which are not coprime with $N$: ...
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The divergence of the series of reciprocals of primes (proof check):

I just wanted to check my attempt at a proof for the divergence of: $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{p_n} \tag{ $\star$ }$$ We begin with assuming that $(\star)$ converges. If $(\star)$ ...
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Primes of the form $\dfrac{n^2-n+4}{2}$ satisfy Hardy-Littlewood analogue?

Let $n,a,b$ be positive integers with $a<b$. Consider primes of the form $f(n)=\dfrac{n^2-n+4}{2}$. Let $C(a,b)$ denote the amount of primes of the form $f(n)$ between (and including) $f(a)$ and ...
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Fastest Primality test using $N-1$ Factorization?

If $N-1$ could be factored easily with several small prime factors, then what is the fastest way to check $N$ for primality? Updated I'm aware of Pocklington primility test which is not good for ...
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Is the application of $\mu$ on $P_x(s)^k$ analogous to the differentiation $\frac{d^k f(\lambda) }{d\lambda^k}\biggr|_{\lambda=0}$?

Let me start with the following on elementary symmetric polynomials: The elementary symmetric polynomials appear when we expand a linear factorization of a monic polynomial: we have the identity ...
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Statement about Woodal primes.

A Woodal number is an integer of the form $n 2^{n}-1$. A Woodal prime is an integer that is both a prime and a Woodal number. Let $p$ be a prime of the form 1 mod 4. Then $p 2^{p} -1$ is never a ( ...
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Partial summation of a harmonic prime square series (Prime zeta functions)

I am trying to find the following series: $S=\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\sum_{j=i+1}^{n}\dfrac{1}{p_ip_j},A\leq p_1 < p_2 < \dots < p_n \leq B, \lbrace A,B\rbrace \in \mathbb{N}$ ...
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Density of products of a certain set of primes

I have an infinite set S of prime numbers with relative density 0 (that is, $\lim_ns_n/p_n=\infty$ with $S=\{s_1,s_2,\ldots\}$ and $s_1 < s_2< \cdots$). I would like to find the size (in some ...
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Proof of infinitude of primes whose reversal in base 10 is also prime

Is there any proof of infinitude of http://oeis.org/A007500 primes. If you want to generate them here is trivial and naive python program. ...
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Sums of Dirichlet-Characters over prime numbers (part 2)

This is kind of related to my previous question that was poorly stated because of misreading my own notes that I have taken on the papers I am currently reading, so no surprise that it eventually ...
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Question about primes of polynomial type.

It is well known that $50$ % of the primes are of the form $x^2 + y^2$. Many variants exists where a rational amount of primes is of some integer polynomial form. But I wonder ; are there integer ...
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Differences between large numbers with many factors has little factors

I apologise beforehand for the informality and lack of precision in this question but it is that way because it comes from only an intuition, nothing more than a heuristic argument. Say one has two ...
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Prove modular equivalence related to carmichael function.

Statement if $n=p_1p_2p_3\cdots p_r$ (prime numbers are distinct) and $2 \le a \le n-1$ then prove that $$a^{k\lambda} \equiv \left(1+\sum_{p_i\mid\gcd(a,n)}\left(\dfrac{n}{p_i} \right) ...
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Euler's proof of divergence of sum of reciprocals of primes

On Wikipedia at link currently is: \begin{align} \ln \left( \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n}\right) & {} = \ln\left( \prod_p \frac{1}{1-p^{-1}}\right) = -\sum_p \ln \left( 1-\frac{1}{p}\right) \\ ...
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A question about powers of prime numbers

Can someone help me in this problem? Let $p,q$ be prime numbers with $p < q$. There exists $m \in \mathbb{Z}^+$ for which $1+p+p^2+...+p^m$ is a power of $q$. There exists $n \in \mathbb{Z}^+$ ...
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Is there always a prime number in the form of $4k+1$ between $[n, 2n]$ for every large enough $n$?

Is there always a prime number in the form of $4k+1$ between $[n, 2n]$ for every large enough $n$? I guess it is known as a classical result. Is there any reference for it? Thanks!
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A bound for a certain set of prime numbers.

Let $p_n$ denote the $n^\text{th}$ prime. Find a lower bound for $\left|S\right|$ where $$S = \left\{ q \in \mathbb{N} \mid q \text{ is prime and } p_n - n \leq q \leq p_n + n \right\}. $$ Any good ...