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Creeping Up on Riemann

Mathematicians move a step closer to unraveling the mystery of prime numbers

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1:58pm, April 2, 2008

Prime numbers are maddeningly capricious. They clump together like buddies on some regions of the number line, but in other areas, nary a prime can be found. So number theorists can't even roughly predict where the next prime will occur. The distribution of primes is the great motivating question of number theory.

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