Gunderson's function in Fermat's last theorem

Authors:
Daniel Shanks and H. C. Williams

Journal:
Math. Comp. **36** (1981), 291-295

MSC:
Primary 10-04; Secondary 10B15

MathSciNet review:
595065

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Abstract: We study Gunderson's function which gives a bound on the first case of Fermat's last theorem, assuming that the generalized Wieferich criterion is valid for the first *n* prime bases. We note two unexpected phenomena.

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DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-1981-0595065-7

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