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Topic: primes and randomness
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Rich Delaney

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primes and randomness
Posted: Jun 26, 2017 6:22 PM
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In his book "How Not to be wrong", J. Ellenberg discusses
the concept of treating the primes as a true random
distribution, though of course they're deterministic.

He then states that if the primes really were random,
the twin primes conjecture would follow immediately. OK

He then claims, analogously, that Goldbach's conjecture
would likewise be true.

huh??? Isn't that logically backward? That is, if the
primes are random, there must exist even numbers - an
infinite set, actually - which have no prime pair addition.

Am I missing something here?


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