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mathforfun@yahoogroups.com, cino hilliard <hillcino368@...>

wrote:

>

> Maybe just "There is only one road to perfection - mathematics."

would suffice.

>

> My thinking is this is an axiomatic truism with few instances of

disagreement. Certainly, notcalling the number 1 prime ruffles my

feathers and moreover not calling "1" compositeand inventing a name

of convenience calling 1 "unity" bothers me too. I guess becauseI am

ignorant of some of the deep esoterics being invented.

>

You seem to say that perfection is the absence of disagreement, and

that there is only one road to perfection, but I for one disagree!

As for "1" not being a prime, the number "1" reason is to avoid the

necessity of changing "Any composite number can be expressed as the

product of primes in one and only one way" to --any composite number

can be expressed as the product of primes that are greater than 1, in

one and only one way--. The theorem is much easier for one to say

when "1" is not prime. I for one prefer that one not be deemed

prime. The less one has to say "1" or "one" the better.