Recent developments in primality testing

  title={Recent developments in primality testing},
  author={Carl Pomerance},
  journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
  • C. Pomerance
  • Published 1 September 1981
  • Computer Science
  • The Mathematical Intelligencer
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