[TUHS] And now ... Weirdnix?

Ian Zimmerman itz at very.loosely.org
Tue Sep 19 17:07:44 AEST 2017


On 2017-09-19 11:54, Dave Horsfall wrote:

> > That Pr1me had a Unix emulation layer is news to me (I think). I
> > worked on the Georgia Tech Software Tools Subsystem for Pr1me
> > Computers for several years.  (Oh, how I wish I had saved that last
> > release tape!!!)
> 
> What I hated about Pr1me was they implied that "1" is prime; it is
> not, as any mathematician will tell you.

It's not a composite, either.  And there are already many cases where
you have to say "let p be an _odd_ prime" because the statement fails
for p=2, so many that maybe allowing 1 in (and having to explain it away
in many more theorems) is not much worse that having it in a special
weird category of its own.

It's just terminology.

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