lubkin at unreasonable.com
Thu Feb 7 22:19:40 UTC 2013
Ben Zaiboc wrote:
> > "Prime numbers, which are divisible only by themselves and
> > one, "
>wait for it...
> > " have little mathematical importance."
>Even I know that's not true, and I'm a mathematical troglodyte.
I'm not sure that's not true. They're of *practical* use. That doesn't
mean they're of mathematical importance, although I have to guess
what they mean by that.
How significant are prime numbers outside of number theory?
I remember them popping up occasionally as a device in crafting
a proof by contradiction, but that's about it.
Versus numbers that are of broad mathematical (and practical)
significance, like -1, 0, 1, 2, i, e, pi, and phi.
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