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Nine Primes in a Row

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: ...number aficionados Harvey Dubner of New Jersey, Paul Zimmermann of INRIA Lorraine in France, Tony Forbes of Great Britain, and Nik Lygeros and Michel Mizony of Claude Bernard University in Lyon, France, mounted a campaign and solicited computational help to find nine consecutive primes in arithmetic progression. They estimated that such an effort would require a total of about 200 computers running for a month. On Jan. 15 [1998], Manfred Toplic of Klagenfurt, Austria, found the required sequence of primes.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Prime Numbers, Sequences and Sets

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