By Béla Bajnok

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Such open sentences are called predicates. We could make this sentence into a statement by, for example, saying that “if n D 5, then 2n 1 is a prime number”; this statement is clearly true as 31 is prime. “This sentence is false” is not a statement because, as it can quickly be verified, it can be neither true nor false. Such sentences are called paradoxes. ) does not have a universally agreed upon definition. 1. A positive integer n whose positive divisors other than n add up to exactly n is called perfect.

I ˚ j / D 0 (and First can win if the Nim sum is not 0). For example, First has a winning strategy on the 2-by-3 board as the Nim sum of the six relevant entries is 1. Furthermore, this also reveals what First’s first move should be, leaving the board in such a way that the Nim sum of the coins showing heads is 0 guarantees that Second, who moves next, will lose. Therefore, First should turn over the two coins at the right of the board. The explanations for these statements are beyond our scope for the moment; we return to a thorough analysis of these and other games in Chap.

Since n is certainly divisible by 1 and n and these two divisors are different (as n 6D 1), n has to have at least two positive divisors. To prove that n has no divisors other than 1 and n, we assume that c is a positive divisor of n, and we will show that then either c D 1 or c D n. Because c is a positive divisor of n, by definition, there is a positive integer k for which n D c k, and therefore, 2n 1 D 2c k 1. 2c /k 1. 2c /k 1 is divisible by 2c 1. But, according to our assumption, 2n 1 is a prime, so it can only have 2c 1 as a divisor if 2c 1 D 1 or 2c 1 D 2n 1.