Prime Numbers May Not Be As Random As We Thought, And Why It Matters
Two Stanford University mathematicians found that the ending digits of prime numbers are actually less likely to repeat in the next prime number.By Ryan Biek | March 15, 2016
Prime numbers may not be as random as mathematicians previously thought –– a discovery that could eventually have real effects in fields like cryptography or cybersecurity.
A quick math refresher: Prime numbers can only be divided by one and themselves. Two and five are examples.
Start listing primes, though, and once you get past two and five, you'll see that if a number is prime, it will end in the digits 1, 3, 7 or 9.