## Prime Even Numbers |

**Prof. Karl Zimmermann**

Union College

October 21, 1998

4:00 pm

Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments at 3:45

Math Department Common Room

It is often useful to write an integer n > 1, as a product of primes. The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic states that this is always possible, and moreover, that this factorization is unique. In this talk, I will illustrate what uniqueness means in this context, and give an elementary example of a number system in which unique factorization fails to hold. Finally, I will mention the role that uniqueness of factorization played in 350 years of attempts to prove Fermat's Last Theorem.

For additional information, send e-mail to math@union.edu or call (518) 388-6246.

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