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Prime numbers

  1. Dec 3, 2004 #1
    Are prime numbers more than a curiosity? I know they can be useful in encrypting data but do they have a more fundamental role in the physical world? For example,a prime number won't split into two equal integer numbers.
    Integers occur in quantum mechanics - our most fundamental description of particles.Do primes occur because particles don't like to split into equal integer fragments?
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  3. Dec 3, 2004 #2

    matt grime

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    Distribution of primes related to energy levels of some dynamical systems. See Random matrix theory.

    Primes intricately related to possible group structures - elementary particles behave as groups.
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