Re: gimps schmimps

Spike Jones (
Sat, 14 Aug 1999 20:13:28 -0700

> Damien Broderick wrote: [Arnold Arnold] claimed to have solved the
> structure of primes, but to be suppressing the details for reasons of
> national security. I couldn't understand his outline of the general sense
> of thing, and presume it's bogus. Anyone know more?

Its bogus. The proof, however, is too large to fit in the margin of this post. {8-] If anyone could figure out a quick way to factor the product of two large primes, not only would national security be at stake but also the world's banking system. With such strong factoring, one could read any encoded message. Mathematicians, however, are not losing much sleep worrying that someone will discover such a shortcut. spike