1657

### Van Schooten's Prime Table

Prime table up to 10,000

In 1657, Frans van Schooten published a table of prime numbers up to 10,000. While van Schooten's table included only a list of primes, Paul Guldin had published a table giving factors of numbers up to 10,000 (and hence implicitly listing primes in that range as numbers possessing no nontrivial factors) 16 years previously.

In 1657, Frans van Schooten published a table of primes to 10,000. The table appeared in his work *Exercitationes Mathematicae*, which was an early attempt to develop general methods for solving problems with numbers. Amusingly, the prime number 809 was accidentally omitted in the original Latin version, though this error was corrected in the 1659 Dutch version.