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Palindrome

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(up) Definitions and Notes

A palindrome (from the Greek palindromos "running back again") is a word, verse, sentence, or integer that reads the same forward or backward. For example, "Able was I ere I saw Elba" or 333313333. Here is a little longer one by Peter Hilton (a code-breaker on the British team that cracked the German Enigma):
Doc, note. I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.

Sotades the obscene of Maronea (3rd century BC) is credited with inventing the palindrome. Though today only eleven lines of his works still remain, he is thought to have recast the entire Illiad as palindromic verse. Sotades also wrote lines which when read backwards had the opposite meaning, now sometimes called Sotadic verses. Sotades attacked many with his unrestrained toungue, and eventually was jailed by Ptolemy II. Sotades eventually escaped, but Ptolemy's admiral Patroclus caught him, sealed him in a leaden chest and tossed him into the sea.

Though palindromic numbers have no significant role in modern mathematics, the survival of the old mysticism so often attached to numbers (perfect numbers, amicable numbers, abundant numbers...) insures the palindromes a secure place in the heart of the amateur numerologists.

(up) Record Primes of this Type

rankprime digitswhowhencomment
110474500 + 999 · 10237249 + 1 474501 p363 Nov 2014 Palindrome
210390636 + 999 · 10195317 + 1 390637 p363 Nov 2014 Palindrome
310362600 + 666 · 10181299 + 1 362601 p363 Nov 2014 Palindrome
4Phi(3, 10160118) + (137 · 10160119 + 731 · 10159275) · (10843 - 1)/999 320237 p44 Mar 2014 Palindrome
5Phi(3, 10160048) + (137 · 10160049 + 731 · 10157453) · (102595 - 1)/999 320097 p44 Mar 2014 Palindrome
610314727 - 8 · 10157363 - 1 314727 p235 Jan 2013 Near - repdigit, palindrome
710290253 - 2 · 10145126 - 1 290253 p235 Apr 2012 Near - repdigit, Palindrome
8Phi(3, 10137747) + (137 · 10137748 + 731 · 10129293) · (108454 - 1)/999 275495 p44 Jan 2012 Palindrome
910269479 - 7 · 10134739 - 1 269479 p235 Feb 2012 Near - repdigit, Palindrome
10Phi(3, 10104279) + (137 · 10104280 + 731 · 1093395) · (1010884 - 1)/999 208559 p44 Feb 2014 Palindrome
11Phi(3, 10104276) + (137 · 10104277 + 731 · 1099683) · (104593 - 1)/999 208553 p44 Feb 2014 Palindrome
12Phi(3, 10104257) + (137 · 10104258 + 731 · 1099193) · (105064 - 1)/999 208515 p44 Feb 2014 Palindrome
13Phi(3, 10103289) + (137 · 10103290 + 731 · 1090449) · (1012840 - 1)/999 206579 p44 Feb 2014 Palindrome
14Phi(3, 10103282) + (137 · 10103283 + 731 · 1085009) · (1018273 - 1)/999 206565 p44 Feb 2014 Palindrome
15Phi(3, 10103182) + (137 · 10103183 + 731 · 1066639) · (1036543 - 1)/999 206365 x29 Jan 2014 Palindrome
16Phi(3, 10103174) + (137 · 10103175 + 731 · 1078103) · (1025071 - 1)/999 206349 p44 Jan 2014 Palindrome
17Phi(3, 10103133) + (137 · 10103134 + 731 · 1098675) · (104458 - 1)/999 206267 p44 Jan 2014 Palindrome
18Phi(3, 10103131) + (137 · 10103132 + 731 · 1078393) · (1024738 - 1)/999 206263 p44 Feb 2014 Palindrome
19Phi(3, 10103124) + (137 · 10103125 + 731 · 1084659) · (1018465 - 1)/999 206249 p44 Jan 2014 Palindrome
20Phi(3, 10103078) + (137 · 10103079 + 731 · 1081751) · (1021327 - 1)/999 206157 p44 Jan 2014 Palindrome

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(up) References

DO94
H. Dubner and R. Ondrejka, "A PRIMEr on palindromes," J. Recreational Math., 26:4 (1994) 256--267.
GC1969
H. Gabai and D. Coogan, "On palindromes and palindromic primes," Math. Mag., 42 (1969) 252--254.  MR0253979
HC2000
G. L. Honaker, Jr. and C. Caldwell, "Palindromic prime pyramids," J. Recreational Math., 30:3 (1999-2000) 169--176.
Iseki1988
Iséki, Kiyoshi, "Palindromic prime numbers from experimental number theory," Math. Japon., 33:5 (1988) 715--720.  MR 972382
Iseki1988b
Iséki, Kiyoshi, "Palindromic prime numbers," Math. Japon., 33:6 (1988) 861--862.  MR 975864
Iseki1988c
Iséki, Kiyoshi, "Palindromic prime numbers from experimental number theory. II," Math. Japon., 33:6 (1988) 863--872.  MR 975865
McDaniel87b
W. McDaniel, "Palindromic Smith numbers," J. Recreational Math., 19:1 (1987) 34--37.
Ribenboim95
P. Ribenboim, The new book of prime number records, 3rd edition, Springer-Verlag, New York, NY, 1995.  pp. xxiv+541, ISBN 0-387-94457-5. MR 96k:11112 [An excellent resource for those with some college mathematics. Basically a Guinness Book of World Records for primes with much of the relevant mathematics. The extensive bibliography is seventy-five pages.]
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