There are infinitely many prime k-tuples for every admissible tuple.
Generalization of the Twin prime conjecture.
As of 2023, there was no specific admissible tuple for which it had been proven that there infinite of, only bounds of type:
there are infinitely 2-tuple instances with at most a finite bound
But these do not specify which specific tuple, e.g. Yitang Zhang's theorem.
There are infinitely many primes with a neighbour not further apart than 70 million. This was the first such finite bound to be proven, and therefore a major breakthrough.
This implies that for at least one value (or more) below 70 million there are infinitely many repetitions, but we don't know which e.g. we could have infinitely many:
or infinitely many:
or infinitely many:
or infinitely many:
but we don't know which of those.
The Prime k-tuple conjecture conjectures that it is all of them.
Also, if 70 million could be reduced down to 2, we would have a proof of the Twin prime conjecture, but this method would only work for (k, k + 2).
Let's show them how it's done with primes + awk. Edit. They have a -d option which also shows gaps!!! Too strong:
sudo apt install bsdgames
primes -d 1 100 | awk '/\(2\)/{print $1 - 2, $1 }'
gives us the list of all twin primes up to 100:
0 2
3 5
5 7
11 13
17 19
29 31
41 43
59 61
71 73
Tested on Ubuntu 22.10.
Consider this is a study in failed computational number theory.
The approximation converges really slowly, and we can't easy go far enough to see that the ration converges to 1 with only awk and primes:
sudo apt intsall bsdgames
cd prime-number-theorem
./ 100000000
Runs in 30 minutes tested on Ubuntu 22.10 and P51, producing:
Figure 1.
Linear vs approximation plot
. and are added to give a better sense of scale. is too close to 0 and not visible, and the approximation almost overlaps entirely with .
Figure 2.
. It is clear that the difference diverges, albeit very slowly.
Figure 3.
. We just don't have enough points to clearly see that it is converging to 1.0, the convergence truly is very slow. The logarithm integral approximation is much much better, but we can't calculate it in awk, sadface.
But looking at: we see that it takes way longer to get closer to 1, even at it is still not super close. Inspecting the code there we see:
(* Supplement with larger known PrimePi values that are too large for \
Mathematica to compute *)
LargePiPrime = {{10^13, 346065536839}, {10^14, 3204941750802}, {10^15,
     29844570422669}, {10^16, 279238341033925}, {10^17,
    2623557157654233}, {10^18, 24739954287740860}, {10^19,
    234057667276344607}, {10^20, 2220819602560918840}, {10^21,
    21127269486018731928}, {10^22, 201467286689315906290}, {10^23,
    1925320391606803968923}, {10^24, 18435599767349200867866}};
so OK, it is not something doable on a personal computer just like that.
They come up a lot in many contexts, e.g.:
Polynomial time for most inputs, but not for some very rare ones. TODO can they be determined?
But it is better in practice than the AKS primality test, which is always polynomial time.
The "greatest common divisor" of two integers and , denoted is the largest natural number that divides both of the integers.
For example, is 4, because:
  • 4 divides both 8 and 12
  • and this is not the case for any number larger than 4. E.g.:
    • 5 divides neither one
    • 6 divides 12
    • 7 divides neither
    • 8 divides only 8
    and so on.
Two numbers such that the greatest common divisor is 1.
TODO wtf is a "totient"? Where else is that word used besides in this concept?

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