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By Michal Krizek, Florian Luca, Lawrence Somer, A. Solcova

French mathematician Pierre de Fermat turned premier for his pioneering paintings within the sector of quantity idea. His paintings with numbers has been attracting the eye of beginner mathematicians for over 350 years. This booklet was once written in honor of the four-hundredth anniversary of his start and is predicated on a sequence of lectures given by way of the authors. the aim of this booklet is to supply readers with an summary of the numerous homes of Fermat numbers and to illustrate their a variety of appearances and functions in parts similar to quantity conception, likelihood conception, geometry, and sign processing. This ebook introduces a common mathematical viewers to simple mathematical principles and algebraic equipment hooked up with the Fermat numbers and may offer precious interpreting for the novice alike.
Michal Krizek is a senior researcher on the Mathematical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and affiliate Professor within the division of arithmetic and Physics at Charles college in Prague. Florian Luca is a researcher on the Mathematical Institute of the UNAM in Morelia, Mexico. Lawrence Somer is a Professor of arithmetic on the Catholic collage of the US in Washington, D. C.

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We say that the integers m and n are coprime (or relatively prime) if gcd(m,n) = 1. In this case, the associated illustration of the Euclidean algorithm finishes with the smallest square 1 x 1. Note that two consecutive integers are coprime. 4. Let d = gcd(m, n) for some integers m and n not both equal to zero. Then there exist integers x and y such that mx+ny = d. Proof. Let S be the set of all integers of the form ma + nb, where a and b are integers. Since one of m or n is not zero, there are nonzero integers in S.

R. Let ei = ordNai. Then ei I N -1 and ei (N -l)/Pi. Therefore, i I ei. 13, ei I ¢(N). Consequently, I ¢(N) for i = 1, ... , r. 4. 3 is proved for the case in which is fixed for 1 i T. Thus, ai is a primitive root modulo N in this instance. :s :s As promised earlier, we now present Pepin's interesting and useful test for the primality of the Fermat numbers. , in [Dickson], [Lenstra, Lenstra, Manasse, Pollard]. 5 (Pepin's Test). 1 ) Proof. 1) holds if m claim that the Jacobi symbol satisfies = 1.

24 17 lectures on Fermat numbers Proof. 26) is clearly satisfied. 27) 1 - 1 = (a(P-l)/2 - 1) (a(P-l)/2 + 1) := 0 f a. By (mod pl. Since p is a prime, either a(p-l)/2 := 1 (mod p) or a(p-l)/2 := -1 (mod pl. It thus suffices to prove that a(p-l)/2 := 1 (mod p) if and only if a is a quadratic residue modulo p. , a := b2 (mod p) for some integer b such that b -=f'. 0 (mod pl. Then by Fermat's little theorem, Conversely, assume that a(p-l)/2 := 1 (mod pl. Let q be a primitive root modulo p. Then a:= qt (mod p) for some t such that 1 ::; t ::; p - 1.

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