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View Resource History of Prime Numbers

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland has developed an extensive collection of articles on the history of mathematics (See also NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, June 4, 2004). This article, written by J J O'Connor and E F Robertson, reviews the history of Prime Numbers. The article includes hyperlinks to topics addressed further...
View Resource Prime Case of Chaos

The American Mathematical Society has made available online the article, "Prime Case of Chaos." The article discusses "conjectural links between the Riemann zeta function and chaotic quantum-mechanical systems." Additional full-text articles and tables of contents from each of the four volumes of What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences are also available.
View Resource PRIMES is in P

A professor and two graduate students at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur "have discovered a polynomial time deterministic algorithm to test if an input number is prime or not." News of their work was released on August 6, 2002. Because it allows a computer to quickly assess a number's primality, this breakthrough has generated considerable interest in the mathematics and computer...
View Resource The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search

Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) promotes a contest for anyone who can find the largest prime number. On November 17, 2003 Michael Shafer's computer, in conjunction with an international grid of 211,000 networked computers found the 40th known Mersenne prime, 220,996,011-1! In addition to articles about this new finding, the website provides a link that allows you to view all 6,320,430...
View Resource The Largest Known Primes

This page, provided by Professor Chris Caldwell of the Mathematics Department of University of Tennessee, Martin, contains interesting information about prime numbers. The Top Ten Record Primes, Complete List of the Largest Known Primes, and Euclid's Proof of the Infinitude of Primes are a few of the topics listed. The site's FAQ and glossary are especially helpful for readers in undergraduate...
View Resource The Prime Pages

This excellent metasite for prime numbers is mind-boggling, not only in terms of the quality of information provided, but also in the breadth and variety of the hyperlinks, from discourse on the Riemann hypothesis to programs and freeware for calculating Mersenne primes. Dr. Chris Caldwell, creator of the Graph Theory Tutorial Website (discussed in the April 28, 1999 Scout Report for Science and...