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Primes

A prime number is a positive integer having exactly one positive divisor other than 1. Prime numbers are therefore the building blocks of counting numbers and were studied as early as 250 BCE. In modern times, the study of the distribution of prime numbers has led to some of the most beautiful and famous results in mathematics, large primes play an important role in encryption and the search for ever-bigger primes continues to challenge the limits of advanced and distributed computing.

Timeline

Primes timeline The Sieve of Eratosthenes Cataldi's Divisor Table Guldin's Factor Table Van Schooten's Prime Table Turing's Zeta Function Machine SWAC Computes New Mersenne Primes