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|But there's more to it than that. Prime numbers are absolutely central to mathematics. You might say they are the elementary particles of the mathematical world. All matter is made up of protons, electrons and other particles. All numbers are made up of primes. As a matter of fact, the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic is all about primes. Pick a number, any number -- there is one, and only one, set of prime numbers that produce that number when they are multiplied together. For instance, 1200. 3x2x2x2x2x5x5 = 1200. 3, 2, and 5 are all primes, and no other group of prime numbers will get you 1200 if you multiply them. Just like Hydrogen is made up of one proton and one electron, 1200 is made up of one 3, four 2s and two 5s, and that's just it.|
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