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Some methods for proving that there are infinitely many primes of the form an+b (n=0,1,2,...), when (a,b)=1.

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- Jun 23rd 2009, 09:35 PMCairoInfinitely Many Primes
I've been asked to write an essay on

**Some methods for proving that there are infinitely many primes of the form an+b (n=0,1,2,...), when (a,b)=1.**

Can anybody help me with a plan of what should be included? - Jun 23rd 2009, 09:39 PMCaptainBlack
Google for "primes in arithmetic progression". First hit is the Wikipedia article.

CB - Jun 24th 2009, 06:12 PMchiph588@
The proof of this is very involved. It involves a great understanding in analysis and certain functions including the Riemann Zeta function $\displaystyle \zeta(s) $ and Dirichlet L functions; hence one must know a great deal about Dirichlet characters.

A good reference for the full proof can be found in a number theory book by Ireland and Rosen which can be found here.

Amazon.com: A Classical Introduction to Modern Number Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics) (v. 84): Kenneth Ireland, Michael Rosen: Books