let's say that somebody finds something like "the theory of prime numbers", what kind of monetary rewards could that person expect to receive? could he remain anonymous?
in other words, i did kind of find the theory of primes. i fully understand why they exist but i don't really want to make it public if i won't get paid/have to give up my anonymity. what do i do?
it's arbitrarily sized "magic" numbers and arithmetic
>i fully understand why they exist
what does this even mean
asking "why do primes exist" is stupid
they exist because of the way we define numbers and divisibility
there's no unsolved questions there
Okay, so, at some point I may have told you to, "Use your words." This was obviously a mistake on my part, because English isn't a mathematical language.
Can you try expressing that in a way that doesn't lend itself to five billion or so interpretations? We're not going to stare at your number and suddenly "get it" unless we have a reason to stare at it. Pointing in random directions doesn't make for great discussions of mathematical principles.
Listen bud, if you claim to have solved what you are hinting at (assuming you are not lying), I would go on the run immediately and find a way to anonymously organize a group of top and trusted cryptographers to figure out a good way to release your discovery to the world.
Make sure you do not tell anyone else, have fun :^)
There actually are formulas for finding the next prime number. The problem is that they're so complex and unwieldy that even complex supercomputers don't have enough computing power to find them after a certain point and it just becomes easier to find them using other methods.
The real challenge with prime numbers is finding a reliable and economical way to calculate them, not calculating them to begin with since like I said there are several formulas which can already do that.