The New Book of Prime Number Records

Authors: Ribenboim, Paulo

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This text originated as a lecture delivered November 20, 1984, at Queen's University, in the undergraduate colloquium senes. In another colloquium lecture, my colleague Morris Orzech, who had consulted the latest edition of the Guinness Book of Records, reminded me very gently that the most "innumerate" people of the world are of a certain trible in Mato Grosso, Brazil. They do not even have a word to express the number "two" or the concept of plurality. "Yes, Morris, I'm from Brazil, but my book will contain numbers different from ·one.''' He added that the most boring 800-page book is by two Japanese mathematicians (whom I'll not name) and consists of about 16 million decimal digits of the number Te. "I assure you, Morris, that in spite of the beauty of the appar­ ent randomness of the decimal digits of Te, I'll be sure that my text will include also some words." And then I proceeded putting together the magic combina­ tion of words and numbers, which became The Book of Prime Number Records. If you have seen it, only extreme curiosity could impel you to have this one in your hands. The New Book of Prime Number Records differs little from its predecessor in the general planning. But it contains new sections and updated records.

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Third Edition

P. Ribenboim

The New Book of Prime Number Records

"A number-theoretical version of the Guinness Book of Records . . . There is much mathematics to be found in these pages. These are records given here as well. This book is written with much wit. Experts may not find much that is new, but it is always worthwhile to view the history of a subject as a whole rather than a collection of isolated results."—MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ribenboim, Paulo

    Pages 1-2

  • How Many Prime Numbers Are There?

    Ribenboim, Paulo

    Pages 3-18

  • How to Recognize Whether a Natural Number Is a Prime

    Ribenboim, Paulo

    Pages 19-178

  • Are There Functions Defining Prime Numbers?

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    Pages 179-212

  • How Are the Prime Numbers Distributed?

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    Pages 213-322

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The New Book of Prime Number Records
Authors
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-0759-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-0759-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-94457-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-6892-5
Edition Number
3
Number of Pages
XXIV, 541
Additional Information
Originaly published under the title: The Book of Prime Number Records
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