December 10, 2012

Quote of the Week

Posted in Quote of the Week tagged at 11:15 am by Van Aaron Hughes

The rule for working out prime numbers is really simple, but no one has ever worked out a simple formula for telling you whether a very big number is a prime number or what the next one will be.  If a number is really, really big, it can take a computer years to work out whether it’s a prime number . . . Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away.  I think prime numbers are like life.  They are very logical, but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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