
PRIME NUMBERS AND AFR
ann.nunn@sstar.com
Thu, 20 Jul 95 16:17:52 0500
NE>>]
NE>>]> I'm familiar with three definitions of "prime number".
NE>>]>
NE>>]> [1] A positive integer divisible only by itself and by 1.
NE>>]>
NE>>]> [2] Same as [1] except that the number must also be greater than 1.
NE>>]>
NE>>]> [3] Same as [1] or [2] except that the number must also be greater
NE>>]> than 2.
NE>>]>
NE>>]> For my part, I don't care for definitions [2] or [3].
NE>>]
NE>>] Hmm. How do you feel about the uniqueness of prime factorization
NE>>] for positive integers? A lot of us are for it.
NE>>
NE>>Sorry, you can't quite =have= that, as 1 is a positive integer.
NE>>
NE>>When you sit down and state what you =can= have, you should see that
NE>>the matter comes down to =where=, rather than =whether=, you use an
NE>>expression equivalent to "except 1".
NE> Hard to tell what's a joke in some threads. Just in case this
NE>isn't, yes, 1 is does have a unique prime factorization, it's the
NE>product of no primes at all.
Yegods! Somebody left the gate open!!!!!!....and the mathematicians got
loose!!

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