## The Little Book of Bigger Primes

**Author**: Paulo Ribenboim

**Publisher:**Springer Science & Business Media

**ISBN:**0387201696

**Category :**Mathematics

**Languages :**en

**Pages :**356

**Book Description**

The immensely popular Guinness Book of World Records lacked a chapter on prime numbers. The also popular Book of Prime Number Records, however, fills this need. This abridged version, written by the same author, is devoted to presenting records concerning prime numbers, but it also explores the interface between computations and the theory of prime numbers. The book contains an up-to-date historical presentation of the main problems pertaining to prime numbers, as well as many fascinating topics, including primality testing. It is written in a light and humours language without secrets and is thoroughly accessible to everyone. TOC:* Preface * Guiding the Reader * Index of Notations * Introduction * How Many Prime Numbers Are There? * How to Recognize Whether a Natural Number is a Prime * Are There Functions Defining Prime Numbers? * How Are the Prime Numbers Distributed? * Which Special Kinds of Primes Have Been Considered? * Heuristic and Probabilistic Results about Prime Numbers * Conclusion * Bibliography * Primes up to 10,000 * Index of Tables * Index of Records * Index of Names * Gallimawfries * Subject Index