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# What is the Smallest Prime

```@article{Caldwell2012WhatIT,
title={What is the Smallest Prime},
author={C. Caldwell and Y. Xiong},
journal={arXiv: History and Overview},
year={2012}
}```
• Published 2012
• Mathematics
• arXiv: History and Overview
What is the first prime? It seems that the number two should be the obvious answer, and today it is, but it was not always so. There were times when and mathematicians for whom the numbers one and three were acceptable answers. To find the first prime, we must also know what the first positive integer is. Surprisingly, with the definitions used at various times throughout history, one was often not the first positive integer (some started with two, and a few with three). In this article, we… Expand
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