Prime Numbers pp 109-158 | Cite as

Recognizing Primes and Composites

  • Richard Crandall
  • Carl Pomerance


Given a large number, how might one quickly tell whether it is prime or composite? In this chapter we begin to answer this fundamental question.


Prime Factor Coset Representative Asymptotic Density Prime Number Theorem Composite Number 
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© Springer-Verlag, New York, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Crandall
    • 1
  • Carl Pomerance
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Advanced ComputationPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsDartmouth UniversityHanoverUSA

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