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Most questions on number theory, divisibility, primes, Euclidean algorithm, Fermat`s theorem, Wilson`s theorem, factorisation, euclidean algorithm, diophantine equations, Chinese remainder theorem, group theory, congruences, continued fractions.

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Teacher of math for 53 years


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Journal of mathematics and its applications M500 magazine


BSc (Hons) Liverpool (Science). BA (Hons) OU (Mathematics)

Awards and Honors

State Scholarship 1955 Highest Score in Yorkshire on OU course MST209 50 prize First class honours in OU BA Mathematics

Past/Present Clients

I taught John Birt, former Director of the BBC in 1961. His homework book was the most perfect I have ever marked. And also the most neat. I could tell he was destined for great things. One of my classmates was the poet Roger McGough, and I have a mention in his autobiography.

What do you like about this subject?

The variety, and the fact that everyone can participate. Anyone could discover a new largest prime number by joining the Mersenne prime project, using their computer off-line in the background to do masses of calculations.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I would love to have enough knowledge to completely understand Andrew Wiles's proof of Fermat's last theorem.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Secure encrypted messaging can be dependent on the difficulty of factorising the product of two large prime numbers.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Does the beauty I find in number theory demand a divine creator for the Universe?

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