# Sexy primes | video |

15 May 2012 by GrrlScientist, posted in Uncategorized

SUMMARY: What happens when a numberphile plays with prime numbers?

Today’s video answers that vital question that I know has been burning in the back of your mind: What happens when two numberphiles play with prime numbers?

The Latin for six is sex, hence, the name “sexy primes” for prime numbers that differ from each other by six (p, p + 6) — numbers such as 5 and 11.
But you can also find three prime numbers that differ by six; the so-called sexy prime triplets (p, p + 6, p + 12), such as 7, 13, 19.
Aaand there are sexy prime quadruplets (p, p + 6, p + 12, p + 18), such as 5, 11, 17, 23.
And last but not least, there is one — and only one — sexy prime quintuplet: 5, 11, 17, 23, 29. How do we know this? In this video, mathematician James Grime goes through the explanation for why there is just one sexy prime quintuplet:

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