The prime ideal is a princess of the world of ideals. Her father is the prince 'Point' in the world of geometry. Her mother is the princess 'Prime Numbers' in the world of numbers. She inherits the purity from her parents. Votes: 4

God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers. Votes: 3

3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, and 7 is a prime. Why bother with non-prime numbers when the primes can do everything? Votes: 3

The problem of distinguishing prime numbers from composite numbers and of resolving the latter into their prime factors is known to be one of the most important and useful in arithmetic. Votes: 3

Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate. Votes: 3

The brain is the only kind of object capable of understanding that the cosmos is even there, or why there are infinitely many prime numbers, or that apples fall because of the curvature of space-time, or that obeying its own inborn instincts can be morally wrong, or that it itself exists. Votes: 3

A prime number is one (which is) measured by a unit alone. Votes: 2

Quadratic reciprocity is the song of love in the land of prime numbers. Votes: 2

Why add prime numbers? Prime numbers are made to be multiplied, not added. Votes: 2

Although the prime numbers are rigidly determined, they somehow feel like experimental data. Votes: 2

The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor large prime numbers. Votes: 2

The largest known prime number is 232582657-1. I am proud to say that I memorized all its digits-in binary. Votes: 2

It never happens that, when we go home and open the refrigerator, we see all infinitely many prime numbers there. Votes: 2

Number theorists say that number theory is too complicated, so let's pretend that there is only one prime number, and then let's combine all these results. Surprisingly, sometimes it works. Votes: 2

I, Galileo, son of the late Vicenzo Galilei, swear that I never said that the prime numbers are useless. What I said was that you cannot count lunar craters by counting 2, 3, 5, 7 ... Votes: 2

3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime. According to some ancient manuscripts 9 is not a prime number, but beyond the distant horizon of the oceans, in the New World that I am going to discover, there are surely lots of them. Votes: 2

Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them. Votes: 2

My dad, a mathematician, raised me to believe that mathematics is beautiful, so math is a part of my imaginative terrain. In my late 20s I wrote several 11-line poems because I wanted to create poems that couldn't be uniformly divided into couplets, tercets, or quatrains, 11 being a prime number. Votes: 2

If all sentient beings in the universe disappeared, there would remain a sense in which mathematical objects and theorems would continue to exist even though there would be no one around to write or talk about them. Huge prime numbers would continue to be prime, even if no one had proved them prime. Votes: 2

My work on prime gaps lead to lots of media coverage, some good, some bad, some ugly, and some merely ridiculous. For example, a reporter of our university newspaper, who admitted that he is still learning English, wrote that "Prof. Goldston solved one of the most controversial problems in the prime number theory last month with support from his Turkish partner." Votes: 2

I would hope that maybe math teachers could use 'Prime Baby' as a way of establishing an emotional connection between students and numbers. Votes: 1

Aesthetics - rather than reason - shapes our thought processes. First comes aesthetics, then logic. 'Thinking in Numbers' is not about an attempt to impress the reader but to include the reader, draw the reader in, by explaining my experiences - the beauty I feel in a prime number, for example. Votes: 1

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Votes: 4 Voltaire

It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister Votes: 4 Margaret Thatcher