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Ulam Spiral

Ulam Spiral

Try this.  On a blank sheet of paper, starting with the number 1, create a spiral of numbers outward from the 1.  For example, 1, just beneath it 2, to the right of that 3, above 4, above 5, to the left 6, 7, etc. in a nice gridded sprial of numbers.  Now go back and circle the prime numbers you have (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, etc.)

You may notice, as Stanislaw Ulam did in 1963, that some of the prime numbers are linked together in diagonal lines -- some with rather lengthy lines.

Admittedly, not much is discovered about the Ulam spiral, because it is not heavily studied by mathematicians.  It does, however, show that there is a clear pattern among prime numbers -- a topic that has been studied extensively.

For more information on the Ulam spiral, go here.

For more information on primes, go here.

Spotlight on AMS

Congratulations to Prof. Paul Martin

Join us in wishing Professor Paul Martin a hearty congratulations!  Paul recently received the Dean's Excellence Award due to his "demonstrated meritorious achievement in teaching and scholarship".  For those of you that have been fortunate enought to have taken a class from Prof. Martin, you already know that the honor is well deserved.  For those of you that have not been so lucky, you definitely should change that.

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