Talk:Cullen number

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weak property[edit]

It migt be true, that a Cullen number Cp is divisible by 2p-1, if p is a prime and p = 8k-3. But there exist other Cp is divisible by 2p-1, where p is not equal to 8k-3. At last there exist n there neither prime nor of the form 8k-1, but Cn is divisble by 2n-1.

 n   c(n)  2n-1  8k-3   d/n
 1      3     1           d
 2      9     3           d
 3     25     5     1     d
 4     65     7           n
 5    161     9           n
 6    385    11           d
 7    897    13     2     d
 8   2049    15           n
 9   4609    17           n
10  10241    19           d
11  22529    21           n
12  49153    23           d

I think, this is a very weak property. --Arbol01 18:07, 11 Feb 2005 (UTC)

almost all[edit]

At first reading, the second paragraph sounded self-contradictory to me. But I saw that the page almost all indicates alternate meanings besides the "all but finitely many" that I'm used to in number theory. I would recommend specifying which definition of "almost all" you are referring to, such as almost all Cullen numbers are composite, in the sense that the number of Cullen numbers less than x, divided by x, approaches zero as x approaches infinity.

Johnny Vogler (talk) 21:30, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

I found a freely available copy of the full article by Wilfrid Keller, "New Cullen Primes" at (the one originally linked to required subscription). It explains the basics of the proof by C. Hooley and mentions an extension by H. Suyama. I updated the article accordingly, and changed the reference to the new URL. Adcoon (talk) 07:50, 5 September 2010 (UTC)