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Message boards : General discussion : The very last prime number ever: proof found

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Message 93709 - Posted: 1 Apr 2016 | 10:36:57 UTC

At 0401 today UTC Mathematicians were stunned by a proof that, after all, there IS a final prime number, and that it has been known since antiquity.

The new insight comes from a revised ordering of the numbers. It has been known for a long time that larger prime numbers are more interesting than smaller ones. A website listing the 50k largest primes gets more hits than one listing the 50M smallest, for example. In any field of human endeavour it is natural for human beings to place the more interesting elements first.

The natural ordering of the prime numbers, therefore, is in decreasing order of magnitude.

By a well known proof, which sadly will not fit into the margins of this browser, it follows directly that the very last prime number of all is two.

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Message 93711 - Posted: 1 Apr 2016 | 11:14:19 UTC

You forgot to add that this number has the very special property of being 0 in modulo P, for whatever P prime. I figure I'd mention it; afterall, that's exactly how it was discovered.

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