nLab
prime number

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Definition

A prime number is a natural number with exactly two factors: 11 and itself.

Classically, 11 was also counted as a prime number, but that is no longer done; it is too prime to be prime.

Properties

Relation to ideals

A number is prime if and only if it generates a maximal ideal in the rig \mathbb{N} of natural numbers.

Prime numbers do not quite match the prime elements of \mathbb{N}, since 00 generates a prime ideal but not a maximal ideal; instead they match the irreducible element?s (Wikipedia).

Revised on November 12, 2013 09:07:55 by Urs Schreiber (145.116.131.45)