## Accounting and Prime Numbers

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• Why don t accountants use prime numbers to keep track of items?... it would be perfect because the items would be indivisible.
Message 1 of 2 , Jan 6, 2011
Why don't accountants use prime numbers to keep track of items?... it would be perfect because the items would be indivisible.
• ... When I last looked, 2 was a prime. Are accountants so incompetent that they cannot divide things into halves? Or thirds? Perhaps so? No integer is
Message 2 of 2 , Jan 7, 2011
"mgmutch" <mgmutch@...> wrote:

> Why don't accountants use prime numbers to keep track of items?
> ... it would be perfect because the items would be indivisible.

When I last looked, 2 was a prime. Are accountants so incompetent
that they cannot divide things into halves? Or thirds? Perhaps so?

No integer is indivisible.
The two least divisible integers are the units, +1 and -1,
which are divisible only by +1 and -1.
The most divisible integer is, of course, 0,
which is divisible by every non-zero integer.

David
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