To Find the Factors of any Proposed Number

  title={To Find the Factors of any Proposed Number},
  author={CHARLES J. Busk},
IT has long been a desideratum of mathematicians to discover a formula or method for ascertaining the factors of any proposed number, and also determining whether it be a prime or not. Their endeavours during the twenty centuries that have elapsed since Eratosthenes (B.C. 276–196) made the first recorded attempt to produce a practical rule for the purpose have not been attended with success.