Patented prime numbers

jim bell jamesdbell9 at
Mon May 12 11:21:45 PDT 2014

From: Stephan Neuhaus <stephan.neuhaus at>
On 2014-05-12, 18:25, jim bell wrote:

>> Also, I believe there is a rule that says that laws of nature aren't
>> patentable.  To the extent that primality is a law of nature, it
>> shouldn't be patentable.>To be pedantic, primes aren't so much a law of *nature*, they're in
>*maths*.  I'm not aware of any law of, e.g., physics that would depend
>on primes, but would love to learn of one, if one exists.

There is a long (and interesting, though I don't consider myself a mathematician) debate on whether "mathematics" was "invented" or "discovered".  I tend to think of it as being "discovered", if for no other reason than I don't believe mathematicians have much choice about what the mathematics will do.  (They have the same choice that all archeologists do, deciding where to dig, but they can't choose what to find once they start digging at some specific location.)
            Jim Bell 
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