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• sicp(Score:1)

by spur (4197) on 2005.01.05 12:31 (#37252) Homepage
SICP is a terrific book - lav it !

By the way, what you said about cosmic radiation is correct, and probabilistic primality testing algorithms are indeed used in practice. However, I believe there's some refinement of Fermat's theorem that suceeds on Carmichael's - maybe by detecting them, I don't quite remember.

• Re:sicp(Score:2)

You are correct. There is a refinement that handles Carmichaels correctly, but I don't recall what it is and I don't have the book handy. And yes, SICP is fantastic. Fortunately, everyone can visit the link I provided above and download a free copy :)

• Re:sicp(Score:1)

And there is also a series of lectures on video based on the first edition of the book. Very interesting stuff. http://swiss.csail.mit.edu/classes/6.001/abelson-sussman-lectures/
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• Re:sicp(Score:2)

There's a number of prime-tests based on Fermat's first theorem. Miller-Rabin test is a Monte Carlo algorithm that has a very high probability of finding the correct answer if you test maybe 10 or so witnesses (which is a fairly cheap operation). But then, for very large numbers this test (AFAIR) assumes that Riemann's assumption, that has been unproved for almost 150 years, is true.

The other one is the Agrawal-Kayal-Saxena test which is deterministic and avoids the Riemann assumption. With `O(log^10.5 n)` i
• Re:sicp(Score:2)

Speaking of SICP and elements of physics like cosmic radiation, I just have to mention SICM [mit.edu]. :-)