Hay una extraña esterilidad en un cuerpo que no se roza con otros

Antonio Muñoz Molina

A prime number is a natural number that can only be divided into two agents: itself and the number one. Its study is an integral part of the Theory of Numbers.

The first undeniable evidence that prime numbers were already known dates back to the year 300 BCE (Before Common Era) approximately, and it was found in Euclid’s Elements (Volumes VII to IX), in which the mathematician proves that prime numbers exist as an infinite combination.

The distribution of prime numbers inside the pattern of natural numbers is still a mystery, but it has been proved that the distance between two successive prime numbers may be as big as required.

In 1859, the mathematician Bernhard Riemann outlined a theory name after himself, in which the accurate distribution of infinite prime numbers could be foreseen. This theory is still mere speculation 200 years on.  The definite proof of this theory might endanger online businesses and also the encoding of internet communications as no one can control the real behavior of big prime numbers.

These numbers can always be found between two other natural numbers, but the distance existing between them turns these numbers into a collection of isolated numbers placed in a discreet and rhythmical space, a space packed with other figures.

They are lonely items and they are under constant suspicion of looking like any other ordinary number. A sad premonition hangs over them: their fate is loneliness.  However, there are some numbers among them which are really special. They are called twin prime numbers and their fate is even worse: they remain close to their fellows, almost successive, but there will always be an even number preventing them from staying together and truly linked.