The PrimePages: prime number research & records
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Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines prime as follows.
prime \'prim\ n [ME, fr. MF, fem. of prin first, L primus; akin to L prior] 1 : first in time : ORIGINAL 2 a : having no factor except itself and one <3 is a ~ number> b : having no common factor except one <12 and 25 are relatively ~> 3 a : first in rank, authority or significance : PRINCIPALb : having the highest quality or value <~ television time>
Each of Webster's definitions apply, but the most operative is 2a: An integer greater than one is prime if its only positive divisors are itself and one. For example: 15 is composite because it has the two prime divisors 3 and 5. These pages presents list of large primes and key reseach about them.
The Prime Glossary is a collection of definitions related to prime numbers.
The Largest Known Prime by Year discusses how big have the largest known primes been historically.
Over 2000 years ago Euclid proved that there are infinity many.
How Big of an Infinity?
A short note about one of the most important conjectures in prime number theory. When (and if) it is proven, many of the bounds on prime estimates can be improved and primality proving can be simplified.