# Twin Primes

The Prime Pages keeps a list of the 5000 largest known primes, plus a few each of certain selected archivable forms and classes. These forms are defined in this collection's home page.

This page is about one of those forms.

### Definitions and Notes

Twin primes are pairs of primes which differ by two. The first twin primes are {3,5}, {5,7}, {11,13} and {17,19}. It has been conjectured (but never proven) that there are infinitely many twin primes.*If*the probability of a random integer

*n*and the integer

*n*+2 being prime were statistically independent events, then it would follow from the prime number theorem that there are about

*n*/(log

*n*)

^{2}twin primes less than or equal to

*n*. These probabilities are not independent, so Hardy and Littlewood conjectured that the correct estimate should be the following.

Here the infinite product is the twin prime constant (estimated by Wrench and others to be approximately 0.6601618158...), and we introduce an integral to improve the quality of the estimate. This estimate works quite well! For example:

N | actual | estimate |
---|---|---|

10^{6} | 8169 | 8248 |

10^{8} | 440312 | 440368 |

10^{10} | 27412679 | 27411417 |

There is a longer table by Kutnib and Richstein available online.

In 1919 Brun showed that the sum of the
reciprocals of the twin primes converges to a sum now called
Brun's Constant.
(Recall that the sum of the
reciprocals of all primes diverges.) By calculating the twin primes up to
10^{14} (and discovering the infamous pentium bug along the way),
Thomas Nicely *heuristically*
estimates Brun's constant to be 1.902160578.

As an exercise you might want to prove the following version of Wilson's theorem.

**Theorem:**(Clement 1949)- The integers
*n*,*n*+2, form a pair of twin primes if and only if4[(

*n*-1)!+1] ≡ -*n*(mod*n*(*n*+2)).

### Record Primes of this Type

rank prime digits who when comment 1 2996863034895 · 2^{1290000}- 1388342 L2035 Sep 2016 Twin (p) 2 3756801695685 · 2^{666669}- 1200700 L1921 Dec 2011 Twin (p) 3 65516468355 · 2^{333333}- 1100355 L923 Aug 2009 Twin (p) 4 160204065 · 2^{262148}- 178923 L5115 Jul 2021 Twin (p) 5 12770275971 · 2^{222225}- 166907 L527 Jul 2017 Twin (p) 6 12599682117 · 2^{211088}- 163554 L4166 Feb 2022 Twin (p) 7 12566577633 · 2^{211088}- 163554 L4166 Feb 2022 Twin (p) 8 70965694293 · 2^{200006}- 160219 L95 Apr 2016 Twin (p) 9 66444866235 · 2^{200003}- 160218 L95 Apr 2016 Twin (p) 10 4884940623 · 2^{198800}- 159855 L4166 Jul 2015 Twin (p) 11 2003663613 · 2^{195000}- 158711 L202 Jan 2007 Twin (p) 12 17976255129 · 2^{183241}- 155172 p415 May 2021 Twin (p) 13 191547657 · 2^{173372}- 152199 L5116 Jul 2020 Twin (p) 14 38529154785 · 2^{173250}- 152165 L3494 Jul 2014 Twin (p) 15 194772106074315 · 2^{171960}- 151780 x24 Jun 2007 Twin (p) 16 100314512544015 · 2^{171960}- 151780 x24 Jun 2006 Twin (p) 17 16869987339975 · 2^{171960}- 151779 x24 Sep 2005 Twin (p) 18 33218925 · 2^{169690}- 151090 g259 Sep 2002 Twin (p) 19 268981272 · 5^{69421}- 148532 L5695 Feb 2023 Twin (p) 20 110427610 · 3^{100003}- 147722 p415 Feb 2021 Twin (p)

### Related Pages

- Twin Primes from the World of Mathematics
- The Prime Glossary's: Twin primes

### References

- Forbes97
T. Forbes, "A large pair of twin primes,"Math. Comp.,66(1997) 451-455.MR 97c:11111[The twin primes 6797727 · 2Abstract:We describe an efficient integer squaring algorithm (involving the fast Fourier transform moduloF_{8}) that was used on a 486 computer to discover a large pair of twin primes.^{15328}± 1 are found on a 486 microcomputer]- IJ96
K. IndlekoferandA. Járai, "Largest known twin primes,"Math. Comp.,65(1996) 427-428.MR 96d:11009Abstract:The numbers 697053813 · 2^{16352}± 1 are twin primes.- PSZ90
B. K. Parady,J. F. SmithandS. E. Zarantonello, "Largest known twin primes,"Math. Comp.,55(1990) 381-382.MR 90j:11013

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