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A003459 Absolute primes: every permutation of digits is a prime.
(Formerly M0658)
2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 31, 37, 71, 73, 79, 97, 113, 131, 199, 311, 337, 373, 733, 919, 991, 1111111111111111111, 11111111111111111111111 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)



"The prime repunits are examples of integers which are prime and remain prime after an arbitrary permutation of their decimal digits. Integers with this property are called either 'permutable primes' according to H.-E. Richert, who introduced them some 40 years ago, or 'absolute primes' according to T. N. Bhagava and P. H. Doyle and A. W. Johnson."

Comment from Bill Gosper, Jan 24 2003, in a posting to the Math Fun Mailing List: (Start)

Recall Sloane's old request for more terms of A003459

2 3 5 7 11 13 17 31 37 71 73 79 97 113 131 199 311 337 373 733 919 991

and _Richard Schroeppel_'s astonishing observation that the next term is 1111111111111111111. Absent Rich's analysis, trying to extend this sequence makes a great set of beginner's programming exercises. We may restrict the search to combinations of the four digits 1,3,7,9, only look at starting numbers with nondecreasing digits, generate only unique digit combinations, and only as needed. (We get the target sequence afterward by generating and merging the various permutations, and fudging the initial 2,3,5,7.)

To my amazement the (uncompiled, Macsyma) program printed 11,13,...,199,337, and after about a minute, 1111111111111111111 !

And after a few more minutes, (10^23-1)/9 ! (End)

Boal and Bevis say that Johnson (1977) proves that if there is a term > 1000 with exactly two distinct digits then it must have more than nine billion digits. - N. J. A. Sloane, Jun 06 2015

Some authors require permutable or absolute primes to have at least two different digits. This produces the subsequence A129338. - M. F. Hasler, Mar 26 2008


Angell, I. O. and Godwin, H. J. "On Truncatable Primes." Math. Comput. 31, 265-267, 1977. [Related paper, but primarily concerned with A023107 and A103443. - N. J. A. Sloane, Jun 06 2015]

T. N. Bhargava and P. H. Doyle, On the existence of absolute primes, Math. Mag., 47 (1974), 233.

J. L. Boal and J. H. Bevis, Permutable primes. Math. Mag., 55 (No. 1, 1982), 38-41.

A. W. Johnson, Absolute primes, Mathematics Magazine, 1977, vol. 50, pp. 100-103.

Rich Schroeppel, personal communication.

Waclaw Sierpiński: Co wiemy, a czego nie wiemy o liczbach pierwszych. Warsaw: PZWS, 1961, pp. 20-21.

N. J. A. Sloane and Simon Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1995 (includes this sequence).


Table of n, a(n) for n=1..24.

C. Caldwell, The prime glossary: Permutable Prime

J. P. Delahaye, Persistent Primes, Illustrating Permutable, Circular, Right & Left Truncatable Primes [broken link]

R. Ondrejka, The Top Ten: a Catalogue of Primal Configurations

W. Schneider, MATHEWS, Circular, Permutable, Truncatable and Deletable Primes

A. Slinko, Absolute Primes [Appears to be a broken link]

Wikipedia, Permutable prime

Index entries for sequences related to truncatable primes


f[n_]:=Module[{b=Permutations[IntegerDigits[n]], q=1}, Do[If[!PrimeQ[c=FromDigits[b[[m]]]], q=0; Break[]], {m, Length[b]}]; q]; Select[Range[1000], f[#]>0&] (* Vladimir Joseph Stephan Orlovsky, Feb 03 2011*)



import Data.List (permutations)

a003459 n = a003459_list !! (n-1)

a003459_list = filter isAbsPrime a000040_list where

   isAbsPrime = all (== 1) . map (a010051 . read) . permutations . show

-- Reinhard Zumkeller, Sep 15 2011


Includes all of A004022 = A002275(A004023).

A258706 gives minimal representatives of the permutation classes.

Cf. A016114, A129338, A010051, A023107, A103443, A141263.

Sequence in context: A234901 A090934 A068652 * A202264 A253717 A186307

Adjacent sequences:  A003456 A003457 A003458 * A003460 A003461 A003462




N. J. A. Sloane


The next terms are R(317), R(1031), R(49081), where R(n) is (10^n-1)/9.

Additional comments from Robert G. Wilson v, Aug 18 2000



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