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How was F6 Factored?
H. C. Williams
Mathematics of Computation
Vol. 61, No. 203, Special Issue Dedicated to Derrick Henry Lehmer (Jul., 1993), pp. 463-474
Published by: American Mathematical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2152968
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In 1880 at the age of 82 Fortuné Landry factored the 20 digit number F6 = 264 + 1. How did he do it? Landry himself never described how he factored F6; however, he did leave enough clues in his work and letters to provide some indication of the ideas with which he was working. In this paper we present a likely reconstruction of Landry's technique.
Mathematics of Computation © 1993 American Mathematical Society