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There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite)

There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite) Proof by reduction ad absurdum:

There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite) Proof by reduction ad absurdum: Suppose the opposite. i.e. that there is a natural number which is a prime and is bigger than any other prime. Call it p.

There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite) Proof by reduction ad absurdum: Suppose the opposite. i.e. that there is a natural number which is a prime and is bigger than any other prime. Call it p. Let p1, p2, ..., pn be all the primes smaller than p.

There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite) Proof by reduction ad absurdum: Suppose the opposite. i.e. that there is a natural number which is a prime and is bigger than any other prime. Call it p. Let p1, p2, ..., pn be all the primes smaller than p. Consider the number q = p1 p2 ... pn + 1

There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite) Proof by reduction ad absurdum: Suppose the opposite. i.e. that there is a natural number which is a prime and is bigger than any other prime. Call it p. Let p1, p2, ..., pn be all the primes smaller than p. Consider the number q = p1 p2 ... pn + 1 q is not divisible by any natural number except 1 and q itself. Therefore, q is a prime.

There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite) Proof by reduction ad absurdum: Suppose the opposite. i.e. that there is a natural number which is a prime and is bigger than any other prime. Call it p. Let p1, p2, ..., pn be all the primes smaller than p. Consider the number q = p1 p2 ... pn + 1 q is not divisible by any natural number except 1 and q itself. Therefore, q is a prime. q is also bigger than p.

There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite) Proof by reduction ad absurdum: Suppose the opposite. i.e. that there is a natural number which is a prime and is bigger than any other prime. Call it p. Let p1, p2, ..., pn be all the primes smaller than p. Consider the number q = p1 p2 ... pn + 1 q is not divisible by any natural number except 1 and q itself. Therefore, q is a prime. q is also bigger than p. Therefore, q is a prime bigger than p, which contradicts our assumption that p is the biggest prime.

There is no biggest prime. (i.e. the set of all primes is infinite) Proof by reduction ad absurdum: Suppose the opposite. i.e. that there is a natural number which is a prime and is bigger than any other prime. Call it p. Let p1, p2, ..., pn be all the primes smaller than p. Consider the number q = p1 p2 ... pn + 1 q is not divisible by any natural number except 1 and q itself. Therefore, q is a prime. q is also bigger than p. Therefore, q is a prime bigger than p, which contradicts our assumption that p is the biggest prime. Conclusion: There is no biggest prime. QED

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