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This well-developed, obtainable textual content info the historic improvement of the topic all through. It additionally offers wide-ranging assurance of important effects with relatively common proofs, a few of them new. This moment version includes new chapters that supply a whole facts of the Mordel-Weil theorem for elliptic curves over the rational numbers and an summary of contemporary growth at the mathematics of elliptic curves.

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Assume th at it is true for I ~ 3 and we shall prove it is true for I + 1. First notice that (1 + 2'-1)2 = 1 + 2' + 2 21- 2 and that 21 - 2 ~ I + 1 for I ~ 3. Applying Lemma 3 to congruence (1), we get (2) 5 2' - 2 = 1 + 2' (2 + I). Our claim is ' now established by induction. 44 4 Th~ Structure of V(l/Ill) From (2) we see that 5 2 ' - > == 1 (2'), whereas from (I) we see that 5 2 ' - J ¥= I (2'). Thus 2'- 2 is the order of 5 mod 2'. Consider the set {( -lt5 b la = I, 2 and 0 ~ b < 2'-2} . We claim that these 2'- 1 numbers are incongruent mod 2'.

PROOF. For any set of primes S define fs(x) to be the number of integers n, 1 S; n ~ x, with yen) c S. Suppose that S is a finite set with t elements. Writing such an n in the form n = m2s with s square free we see that m ~ fi 23 §4 The Growth of ll(x) while s has at most 21 choices corresponding to the various subsets of S. Thus fs(x) ::; 2/ fi . Put n(x) = m so that Pm+ 1 > x. If S = {PI> ... >:) fi . The result follows 0 immediately. It is interesting to note that the above method can also be used to give another proof to Theorem 2.

It is not d ifficult to see that thi s is equ ivalent to O(x )jx -+ I as x -+ 00 . The prime number theorem was conjectured, in a slightly different form by G au ss at the age of 15 or 16. The proof of the conjecture was not achieved until 1896 when J. Hadamard and Ch. d e la Valle Poussin established th e result independently. Their proofs utilize complex an al ytic properties of the Riemann zeta function . In 1948 Atle Selberg was able to prove the result without the use of complex analysis. NOT ES There are a multitude of unsolved problems in the theory of prime numbers.

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