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Mathematics of Computation

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ISSN 1088-6842 (online) ISSN 0025-5718 (print)

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Large intervals between consecutive primes
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by J. H. Cadwell PDF
Math. Comp. 25 (1971), 909-913 Request permission


Some results in number theory, including the Prime Number Theorem, can be obtained by assuming a random distribution of prime numbers. In addition, conjectural formulae, such as Cherwell’s for the density of prime pairs $(p,p + 2)$ obtained in this way, have been found to agree well with the available evidence. Recently, primes have been determined over ranges of 150,000 numbers with starting points up to ${10^{15}}$. Statistical arguments are used to obtain a formula for the largest interval between consecutive primes in such a range, and it is found to agree well with recorded values. The same method is applied to predict the maximum interval between consecutive primes occurring below a given integer.
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  • © Copyright 1971 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 25 (1971), 909-913
  • MSC: Primary 10H15
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  • MathSciNet review: 0299567