and let $a$ and $b$ are coprime, $h_{n}=a$.

$h_{n}$ is prime for

$$n=2,3,5,8,9,21,26,41,56,62,69,79,89,91,122,127,143,167,201,230,247,252,290,349,376,459,489,492,516,662,687,714,771,932,944,1061,1281,1352,1489,1730, 1969,2012,2116,2457,2663,2955,3083,3130,3204,3359,3494,3572,3995,4155,4231,4250,4496,4616,5069,5988,6656,6883,8067,8156,8661,9097,\ldots$$

I guess proving that there are infinitely (or finitely) many primes of the form $h_n$ is very hard. But can we prove both of the $h_n$ and $h_{n+1}$ cannot be prime for $n>8$?

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    $\begingroup$ What sort of question is this? I think it isn't trivial. Where is the conjecture from, just looking on the numbers or are there reasons why it should be right? $\endgroup$ – user302982 Feb 4 '16 at 19:40
  • $\begingroup$ Just for reference, the first values of $h_n$ are listed here: oeis.org/A001008 $\endgroup$ – Thomas Andrews Feb 4 '16 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ I edited the question to include some more values for $n$, more than oeis.org, which for some reason only includes values up to $3572$ $\endgroup$ – vrugtehagel Feb 4 '16 at 20:35
  • $\begingroup$ @vrugtehagel : what do you already know about the numerators of the harmonic numbers ? $\endgroup$ – reuns Feb 4 '16 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ @vrugtehagel Did you look in oeis.org/A056903/b056903.txt ? They call it a "b-file" and it goes up to $h_{97} = 78128$. $\endgroup$ – Mr. Brooks Feb 4 '16 at 22:01

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