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In mathematics, a Descartes number is a number which is close to being a perfect number. They are named for René Descartes who observed that the number D = 32⋅72⋅112⋅132⋅22021 = 198585576189 would be an odd perfect number if only 22021 were a prime number, since the sum-of-divisors function for D satisfies

\( \sigma(D) = (3^2+3+1)\cdot(7^2+7+1)\cdot(11^2+11+1)\cdot(13^2+13+1)\cdot(22021+1) \ . \)

A Descartes number is defined as an odd number n = m⋅p where m and p are coprime and 2n = σ(m)⋅(p+1). The example given is the only one currently known.

If m is an odd almost perfect number, that is, σ(m) = 2m−1, then m(2m−1) is a Descartes number.

Banks, William D.; Güloğlu, Ahmet M.; Nevans, C. Wesley; Saidak, Filip (2008). "Descartes numbers". In De Koninck, Jean-Marie; Granville, Andrew; Luca, Florian. Anatomy of integers. Based on the CRM workshop, Montreal, Canada, March 13--17, 2006. CRM Proceedings and Lecture Notes 46. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society. pp. 167–173. ISBN 978-0-8218-4406-9. Zbl 1186.11004.
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It is unknown whether there exists a prime number p such that Cp is also prime.

As of February 2012, the largest known generalized Cullen prime is 427194 × 113 427194 + 1. It has 877,069 digits and was discovered by a PrimeGrid participant from United States.[3]

150 = 2 × 3 × 52

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