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May 11th, 2011, 10:05 AM   #1
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Writing a prime as sum or difference of different primes

Can any prime be written as , if are all primes different from p (not necessarily the k-th prime) and for all i,j?

For example, or

Let (in this case, I do mean the n-th prime). Then for the statement to be false, k must not be able to be written as , otherwise. So if there isn't an unique difference between two consecutive primes greater than 3, then the statement is true.

Is it true that every even number greater than zero can be written as a difference of two or more pairs of consecutive primes?
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Re: Writing a prime as sum or difference of different primes

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Can any prime be written as , if are all primes different from p (not necessarily the k-th prime) and for all i,j?
Almost surely, and you don't need to exclude 2 = 5 - 3 or 3 = 5 - 2.

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Is it true that every even number greater than zero can be written as a difference of two or more pairs of consecutive primes?
Alphonse de Polignac conjectured that it would only take one pair. It hasn't been proven yet in the 160 years since.
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