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Are there any “obviously” true propositions in number theory?

After all efforts spent on wrong proofs of famous number theory conjectures and theorems like Goldbach's or Fermat's last theorem, could one find some simple statements (might be correct ones) whose ...
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Why are people more interested in the Riemann hypothesis than Goldbach's conjecture? [closed]

One of my friends, a math professor, told me almost every one of his colleagues (in the math department) had attempted to prove the Riemann hypothesis at some point in their life (maybe secretly). ...
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Applications of advanced number theory to other areas of math

In a recent conversation with a friend, I was discussing the fact that out of all of the fields of math, number theory seems to be among those that apply ideas from a large number of different fields. ...
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general local to global principle

Consider the Diophantine equation $f(x)=0$, where x is a vector of integers and $f: \mathbb Z^n \rightarrow \mathbb Z$ is a polynomial function. Is the following statement true? The structure of the ...
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What are the patterns in the number of divisors $d(n)$ of the highly composite numbers?

I am trying to understand the patterns in the number of divisors $d(n)$ of the highly composite numbers. The numbers marked with an asterisk are the superior highly composite numbers. The first ...
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The number of partitions of $n$ and the $n$th Fibonacci number.

I'm very sorry if this is a duplicate in any way. There's a lot of material out there on connections between these sequences so it's a possibility . . . Let $P_n$ be the number of partitions of $n$ ...
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Other Interesting solutions to $a=bq+r$? [closed]

The division algorithm says $a=bq+r$, with $r$ between $0$ and $b$. Are there interesting restrictions on $r$ using number-theoretic properties that make the equation $a=bq+r$ hold, or hold with ...
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Number Theory Reading List

What are the essential number theory texts that every serious student of number theory should read?
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Riemann Zeta function, quaternions and physics

Disclaimer: This question is rather vague, and thus probably not suitable for Mathoverflow, so I prefer to ask it here. I'm sorry if it doesn't meet the standards of this site. Several years ago, I ...
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Numbers that pass every known primality test

Was having fun reminding myself of the inner workings of a few primality tests today and wondered if there exists a composite number that (perhaps provably) passes all known tests? (Ignoring tests ...
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Number Theory: Easy Question, Difficult Answer [closed]

A common impression about number theory is that its questions can sound elementary but their solutions can be extremely difficult. For examples we need to look no further than Fermat's Last Theorem, ...
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Exact rank of Elkies curve

A naïve question. We definitely know an elliptic curve of rank $28$ or more exists by Elkies but no one knows exactly what the rank is for this curve (and for similar examples given previously). ...
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Statements with rare counter-examples [duplicate]

This is a soft question. I'm searching for examples of mathmatical statements (preferably in number theory, but other topics are also fine), that seem to be true, but are actually not. Statements ...
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Second Course in Number Theory - Self Study

I just finished a first course in number theory using Dudley's Elementary Number Theory. This was by far my favorite math course and I want to learn more number theory this summer. As far as ...
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Has this problem been studied?

Today in Italy all students under 18 faced with a test used to establish the quality of the schools they are in. I read one of the question (a mathematical question, of course!) that make me thing for ...
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How to find the smallest prime divisors of $2^{19}-1$ and $2^{37}-1$?

How to find the smallest prime divisors of $2^{19}-1$ and $2^{37}-1$ ? I'm new to elementary number theory and I'm not sure what to do AT ALL. We're currently studying primitive roots and indices.
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What are the active branches of number theory?

Context: I am a junior math major and am hoping to go to grad school after next year for a PhD. I have completed most of the standard undergraduate courses and have been consistently most interested ...
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So can anybody indicate whether it is worthwhile trying to understand what Mochizuki did?

So I am looking at some math stuff and I start looking at the abc-conjecture. Naturally I run into the name Mochizuki and so start trying to see what he did. Well, he is starting look like another ...
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Recommendation for Number Theory Textbook

. Greetings, every mathematicians! I'm a foreigner (meaning English is not my first language) and an undergraduate student. I'm currently studying linear algebra, set theory and have already studied ...
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What class am I most prepared for?

I've only taken up to calc 3, discrete, and linear algebra. Which course am I most prepared for? I'm going to be taking differential equations and advanced calc, but I want to take a 3rd class. I can ...
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Solved Problems in Algebraic Number Theory

I'm not too sure whether this is the right place to ask this (and please correct me if it is not), but I'm currently studying a course in Algebraic Number Theory and would like to be pointed in the ...
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Can anyone prove for every $a,b \in \mathbb Z^+ < p$ ( $p$ is a prime), $p \nmid ab$?

Can anyone prove for every $a,b \in \mathbb Z^+ < p$ ( $p$ is a prime), $p \nmid ab$? I was trying my best to do the problem but like I don't know where to start or anything!
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Heavy Application of Fermat's Theorem

Show that if p = 4k + 3 is a prime, then the product of all the even integers less than p is congruent modulo p to either 1 or -1. I know now that Fermat's theorem implies that 2^((p-1)/(2)) == 1 or ...
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Is this a theorem in Number Theory? I can't find this in my textbook

"If $a \equiv b \pmod m$ and $a \equiv b \pmod n$ and $gcd(m,n)=1$, then $a \equiv b \pmod {mn}$ " Is that a true theorem? I can't find it in my textbook!
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Standing Generalizations of the Collatz Conjecture?

I remember reading that Erdös once that mathematics isn't matre enough to tackle the collatz conjecture. However the Collatz conjecture seems like a rather specific problem to me. Are there any ...
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I made a primality test and want to publish it

So I am a high school student, and I am very interested in maths, and I made my own primality test which also expresses all composite numbers with last digits of 1,3,7, or 9 in just 9 simple ...
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Doing for the first time a mathematical essay! Tips [closed]

I am an undegraduate and i though of doing my first essay on number theory!I kinda have the topic and i started selecting info from different references..but i dont want it to be just a copy paste ...
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Topics on Number theory for undergraduate to do a project

Im an undergraduate in the mathematics field ..So i wanna be alittle more productive and wanted to do an essay or project mostly on number theory or Algebra(Rings or Groups) and i want to ask if you ...
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Existence of algorithm for determining if a given number is rational or not

As far as I understand, it is not necessarily a easy thing to prove that a real number is rational or not. For example, according to http://mathworld.wolfram.com/e.html "$e+\pi \in \mathbb{Q}$?" is ...
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Forcing the discriminant of an integral basis to be a Carmichael number.

I was thinking about the following lemma recently. Lemma: Let $K=\mathbb{Q}(\theta)$ for some algebraic number $\theta$ and let $n=[K:\mathbb{Q}]$. If $\{\tau_1, \,\dots\,, \tau_n\}$ consists of ...
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Why are so many of the oldest unsolved problems in mathematics about number theory?

Stillwell mentions in his book, Mathematics and its History that: Most of the really old unsolved problems in mathematics, in fact, are simple questions about the natural numbers... Have ...
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Prerequisites for reading Automorphic Forms on Adele Groups

I'm interested in reading Gelbart's book "Automorphic Forms on Adele Groups". I have a solid background knowledge at the first-year graduate level (I've passed quals), but I don't know what the ...
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start studying advanced topics in number theory

I am a first year undergrad and have had elementary course in Number Theory which includes only basic introductory topics like: divisibility,gcd-lcm,primes,congruences, number theoretic functions etc. ...
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Schoenfeld's limits & almost primes

If I am correct in my understanding, the Tao-Green theorem employed almost primes as density normalisers. If $N_k(x)$ is the counting function of almost primes, is the study of almost primes 'useful' ...
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Is there an example that a theorem in number theory is useful in another field in mathematics?

I know there are two advanced approaches to number theory. That is, algebraic number theory and analytic number theory. I have heard that algebraic geometry, which generally seems completely different ...
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Quadratic Reciprocity Joke

I found a joke on a site made by user Zev Chonoles on quadratic reciprocity, the joke is as follows: $$\text{Quadratic reciprocity: } \left(\frac{p}{q}\right)=\left(\frac{q}{p}\right), \text{ up to ...
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Prime number represented by spiral

There is this image on 9gag, with description: "Comparison between 5,000 and 50,000 prime numbers plotted in polar coordinates" I thought it might have something to do with Ulam spiral, but ...
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Was Fermat's last theorem proved based on Peano's postulates?

Is the proof of Fermat's last theorem solely based on the Peano's postulates $+$ first order logic? Or it contains other axiomatic systems as well? What does it mean from foundations of math ...
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how many $1$s in the first n digits of $\pi$?

how many $1$s are there in the first n digits of $\pi$? Any good approximation of its distribution? How about the place of the $n$th $1$? Are these two questions related?
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Need a head-start for new topics in maths [closed]

I am a maths enthusiast ( but from electrical engineering background ) . In my college I had two math courses on differential and integral calculus and I had choosen an elective in complex-analysis . ...
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Conceptual reason why a quadratic field has $-1$ as a norm if and only if it is a subfield of a $\mathbb{Z}/4$ extension?

I have convinced myself in a computation-heavy, ad-hoc way that a quadratic extension $K$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ occurs as the unique quadratic subfield of a $\mathbb{Z}/4$-extension of $\mathbb{Q}$ if and ...
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Relation between the prime density and Riemann's zeros?

Soft question: Where is the connection between the zeros of Riemann's $\zeta$-funciton and the density of prime numbers? Is there a short answer to this question, to get the overview? I once had a ...
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What are the implications of Prime Number Theorem in Cryptography?

I know that primes and prime factorization are the basis concepts in cryptography. However, I would like to know how does the Prime Number Theorem come into picture in cryptography, since it states ...
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What is going on in this degree 8 number field that fails to be a quaternion extension of $\mathbb{Q}$?

This is a soft but very mathematically hands-on question. Hopefully it will be interesting to more than just me. Thanks in advance for your help in thinking clearly about what follows. I have been ...
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What are some strong algebraic number theory PhD programs?

I am currently applying for PhD programs in the US. My main interests are number theory and algebra. More specifically, I am interested in algebraic number theory (number fields, Galois groups, ...
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Real life applications of Maass wave forms

Explaining my work on Maass wave forms to friends and family (all non-mathematician) typically earns me blank faces. So I wonder whether there is some good example to explain their meaning to laymen. ...
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Can one define informational content of a mathematical expression?

At least in physicist's thinking, information, vaguely, is something that allows one to select a subset from a set. Say, a system can be in states A and B, we have done a measurement on it ...
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What's so special about $e$? [duplicate]

If someone with not much mathematics in his luggage asks me: What is so special about $\pi$? then off course I have an answer. Even if $i$ would be the subject (I allready see him gazing at my ...
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Tate's Thesis: Meaning of Local Functional Equation

I am studying the development of Tate's Thesis in Lang's Algebraic Number Theory and have a conceptual question. The setting: Let $k=\mathbb{Q}_p$. Let $\mu$ be the unique Haar measure giving ...
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Does there exist a branch of mathematics that specifically study the number of lattices enclosed by a region?

I have seen that sometimes, in particular in number theory and combinatorial commutative algebra, our questions are somehow related to finding the number of points with integer components in a ...