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Re: [PrimeNumbers] Re: cyclotomic primes page

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  • Yves Gallot
    ... Just because it s the smallest sequence of primes (defined by a simple formula) which contains the Fermat and the Mersenne primes. The most simple
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 27, 2002
      >Yves' table for n=2 does go much further than any of the above.
      >
      >What was the original reason for the need for such primes?

      Just because it's the smallest sequence of primes (defined by a simple
      formula) which contains the Fermat and the Mersenne primes. The most simple
      generalization (if it exists) of Lucas's tests (a Lucas sequence exists for
      the Fermat numbers too) should be able to prove quickly the primality of
      these primes.

      Yves
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