There is a famous Dirichlet's result, which says: There are infinitely many primes of form $an+b$, where $(a,b)=1$ and $n\in \mathbb{N}$.

Denote the set of all primes by $\mathbb{P}$. Given two coprime numbers $a$, $b$, how many primes of form $ap+b$, where $p\in\mathbb{P}$? For example, how many primes of form $2p+1$, where $p\in\mathbb{P}$?

More generally, for a given irreducible primitive polynomial $f(x)$, is $\{f(p)~|~p\in\mathbb{P}\}\cap\mathbb{P}$ a finite set? Did somebody study this problem?

I also need to cite this Dirichlet's result. Could anyone tell me from which book or article I can cite this theorem?

No univariate polynomial with integer coefficients and degree greater than $1$ is known to produce infinite many primes.

But many such polynomials , as $x^2+1$ are conjectured to produce infinite many primes.

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  • Thanks. It's very helpful. @Peter – user44312 Mar 4 '17 at 8:38

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