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Simultaneous primality and Dirichlet's Theorem on Arthm. Progressions?

  1. Dec 24, 2013 #1
    Hi. I'm a music theorist writing a music-related paper that is math heavy and I'm a little in over my head.

    I know that according to Dirichlet's theorem on arithmetic progressions, there are infinitely many primes in the form ax+b when a and b are coprime. What I am wondering is if there is a theorem that says given ax+b and cx+d where a,b are coprime and c,d are coprime, ax+b and cx+d are simultaneously prime infinitely often?

    The best I could come up with trying to prove it myself is this, and I don't claim this is a valid proof:

    ax+b and cx+d are both prime infinitely often if it is the case that ax+b+cx+d equals some p+q, where p, q are prime, infinitely often. For the purposes of my paper I can also stipulate that a and c are both even and b and d are both odd.

    ax+b+cx+d = x(a+c)+b+d = x(a+c)-1 + b+d+1.

    The expression x(a+c)-1 yields primes infinitely often per Dirichlet because a+c is coprime with 1 (as all numbers are coprime with 1). The expression b+d+1 yields primes infinitely often because b+d is even, and even numbers are 1 less than a prime infinitely often. Therefore, ax+b+cx+d = primes p + q infinitely often.

    At least that's my train of thought. But I would dearly love for there to be an existing theorem that covers this. And please forgive me if my own "proof" is faulty and naive--- I'm just a music theorist, not a math professor!

    Robert Gross
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2013
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  3. Dec 24, 2013 #2
    I also apologize if this is the wrong forum. I thought this was the general number theory forum.
  4. Dec 28, 2013 #3
    If you get the proof right, you will have also proved the twin primes conjecture as a special case. Best of luck!
  5. Dec 28, 2013 #4
    Wow, you're right!
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