# News tagged with prime numbers

### A little number theory makes the times table a thing of beauty

Most people will probably remember the times tables from primary school quizzes. There might be patterns in some of them (the simple doubling of the 2 times table) but others you just learnt by rote. And ...

Jun 08, 2015 in Mathematics
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### Xinwen Zhu discusses the unifying theory of mathematics

In 1994, British mathematician Andrew Wiles successfully developed a proof for Fermat's last theorem—a proof that was once partially scribbled in a book margin by 17th-century mathematician Pierre de Fermat ...

Dec 08, 2014 in Mathematics
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### Mathematicians put their own spin on the search for rare prime numbers

Most of us learned what a prime number is in our early days of math class: An integer divisible only by itself and by one. But what you may not have realized is the search for the rarest of them is an international ...

Mar 28, 2014 in Mathematics
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### Virtual currency "Riecoin" uses computations to help solve math problem

Bitcoin has been in the headlines a lot lately due first to news that criminals have been using it for transactions, and more recently because of the collapse of its biggest currency exchange. Now comes news ...

Feb 27, 2014 in Internet report
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### An old mathematical puzzle soon to be unraveled?

(Phys.org) —It is one the oldest mathematical problems in the world. Several centuries ago, the twin primes conjecture was formulated. As its name indicates, this hypothesis, which many science historians ...

Jan 15, 2014 in Mathematics
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### Mathematician proves there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers less than 70 million units apart

(Phys.org) —Mathematician Yitang Zhang of the University of New Hampshire, appears to have taken a major step in solving the twin prime conjecture. He's come up with a mathematical proof that shows that ...

May 15, 2013 in Mathematics report
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### The RSA algorithm (or how to send private love letters)

A couple of days ago on The Conversation, I set myself up with a task: to defend the usefulness of so-called "useless" maths. Today, that defence continues, with a look at the RSA algorithm.

Apr 10, 2013 in Mathematics
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### Your number's up: A case for the usefulness of useless maths

I once made the mistake of asking a mathematician why he devoted his whole life to maths. "Because it's fun!" he replied wildly, his flabby cheeks beaming with childlike excitement.

Apr 10, 2013 in Mathematics
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### Researchers develop quantum computer algorithm for counting prime numbers

(Phys.org) —Two math and physics researchers from the University's of Barcelona and Madrid respectively have developed an algorithm to count prime numbers using a quantum computer. José Latorre and Germán ...

Mar 26, 2013 in Quantum Physics report
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### How quantum physics democratised music

Surprising connections between very different areas of physics and unexpected spin-offs from theory were explored by quantum physicist Prof. Sir Michael Berry in a lecture entitled "How quantum physics democratised ...

Mar 07, 2013 in Quantum Physics
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### University professor discovers largest prime number to date

(Phys.org)—Curtis Cooper, professor of math and computer science at the University of Central Missouri, has discovered the largest prime number to date, it's 257,885,161 – 1. It has 17 million digits and is also a Mersenne prime (a prime number defined by the equation N=2n-1, ...

Feb 06, 2013 in Mathematics report
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### Mathematician announces that he's proved the ABC conjecture

(Phys.org)—In all of history there are very few names that stand out in the field of mathematics, at least among those not in the field: Euclid, Newton, Pythagoras, etc. This is likely due to several reasons, chief among ...

Sep 12, 2012 in Mathematics report
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### Freezing liquids help to predict properties of prime numbers

(Phys.org) -- The same freezing which is responsible for transforming liquids into glasses can help to predict some patterns observed in prime numbers, according to a team of scientists from Queen Mary, University ...

May 03, 2012 in Mathematics
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### A zero sum game

(PhysOrg.com) -- New light has been shed on the 150-year-old math puzzle known as the Riemann hypothesis, say mathematical physicists at the University of Sydney.

Mar 21, 2011 in Mathematics
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### The sum of digits of prime numbers is evenly distributed

(PhysOrg.com) -- On average, there are as many prime numbers for which the sum of decimal digits is even as prime numbers for which it is odd. This hypothesis, first made in 1968, has recently been proven by French researchers ...

May 12, 2010 in Mathematics
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