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Posted by Alexander on August 31, 2001 19:15:50 UTC

If you define a prime number as the one which can be devisible only by 1 and itself, then by this you are saying that 2 is a prime number and no other even numbers can be prime (= no even prime number exists except 2).

It is like answer on question "is there life after death" can only be negative if you define a death as the absence of life.

But you can define death as slow mathabolism (say, due to decrease of temperature, as rate of all chemical reactions decreases according to decreasing exp(-E/kT) energy levels population factor). Then there IS life after death: freeze a fly - and it is "dead" for as long as you keep it in freezer. Take it out of freezer - and it "resurrects" due to exp(-E/kT) and flies away happily.

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