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A physicist's approach to prime numbers

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I show that a new (as far as I know), simple, but theory-based equation can describe the average distribution of prime numbers among the integers using undergraduate maths only. My equation behaves somewhat like the exponential decay equation. That equation gives a real continuous function, which is never exactly equal to the (integer) counts per second from a radioactive source, but which nevertheless accurately describes their average behaviour. My approach relies on thinking like a physicist (derive a simple model that gives understanding), rather than a pure mathematician (prove a result beyond all doubt).

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