Prime numbers are as old as Euclid and as new as the problems of Internet security and communication with space aliens. (No kidding; this is real science!) On the theory side, many of the most basic problems concerning prime numbers remain unsolved despite intense scrutiny for hundreds of years. Very recently, million dollar prizes have been offered for the successful solution of some of these problems. Would you like to try solving one yourself?
Carl Pomerance is a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories - Lucent Technologies in New Jersey. Author of over 120 papers dealing with prime numbers and related subjects, he is known for the invention of the Quadratic Sieve Factorization Method, and other innovations. He is a graduate of Brown University (bachelors) and Harvard University (doctorate). Pomerance has won the Chauvenet Prize and the Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America, and has been their Polya Lecturer and Hedrick Lecturer.
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