English Title

On forms of the type mxx+nyy for exploring prime numbers by idoneals of them with remarkable properties

Authors

Leonhard Euler

Enestrom Number

708

Fuss Index

32

Original Language

Latin

Published as

Journal article

Published Date

1801

Written Date

1778

Content Summary

"If m and n are positive numbers and if N is contained in two different manners in the form mxx+nyy, so that N = maa+nbb and N = mcc+ndd, in reducing the fraction (a±c)/(b±d) to its lowest terms, then the fraction (mpp)/(nqq) = r/s; in the case r+s is an odd number, it will be a factor of the number N; if it is even, then its half, (r+s)/2 will be a factor of that number N. From this, it follows that any number contained in more than one fashion in the form mxx+nyy will be a composite, or non-prime number." Euler goes on to define "congruent" numbers, describe their properties, and then give the famous list of the 65 congruent numbers, all less than 10,000. Feuter warns that the proofs of Theorems 6, 8, and 9 are "not rigorous."

Original Source Citation

Nova Acta Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis Petropolitanae, Volume 12, pp. 22-46.

Opera Omnia Citation

Series 1, Volume 4, pp.269-289.

Record Created

2018-09-25

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