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Hammeh

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Message 51751 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012 | 1:03:44 UTC

Hey guys!

I'm currently a student studying Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Wales. I have a great interest in electronics, programming and maths to some extent. I am fascinated by prime numbers which is why I have been a PrimeGrid member for so long!

As its coming up to summer time soon, I am interested in learning more about how computers are used in sieve and test prime numbers. I have an extensive programming knowledge ranging from a little bit of assembly, c and high level stuff like Java, C++ and VB.NET. I also did A-level maths so I'm not afraid to read through pages of equations etc.

I was just wondering if anyone could point me to any good printed texts about computing prime numbers or even towards a good book about prime numbers in general. I'm easy going, don't mind if its completely mind blowing stuff, I want to learn!

Thanks
Peter
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My Top 5000 Primes:
110059!+1 is prime! (FPS)
14493618614235*2^666666-1 is prime! (SGS)

Iain Bethune
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Message 51758 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012 | 9:41:42 UTC - in response to Message 51751.

Hi Peter,

I would recommend:

*The New Book of Prime Number Records, Ribenboim - somewhat dated now but a very nice read and introduction to many basic concepts

*Prime Numbers A Computational Perspective, Crandall and Pomerance - more detailed approach to some of the methods and implementations

Cheers

- Iain
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Hammeh

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Message 51764 - Posted: 20 Mar 2012 | 11:58:14 UTC

No shame in plugging your own work! And its all very good stuff! =D Will have a full read through and listen to that tonight!!
I have a feeling some more books are coming my way!

Thanks so much for your help!
Peter
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My Top 5000 Primes:
110059!+1 is prime! (FPS)
14493618614235*2^666666-1 is prime! (SGS)

Message boards : General discussion : Any recommendations for books on prime numbers