Mathematician:Édouard Lucas

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French mathematician best known for his study of the Fibonacci numbers. As a result of his researches, discovered what are now known as the Lucas numbers.

In $1876$, proved that the Mersenne number $M_{127}$ is prime, and discovered that $M_{67}$ is actually composite.

Discovered a method of determining the primality of a Mersenne number. This technique was refined in the $1930$s by Derrick Henry Lehmer and became known as the Lucas-Lehmer Test.




  • Born: April 4, 1842
  • Died: October 3, 1891

Theorems and Definitions

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Also known as

Full name: François Édouard Anatole Lucas.

Published his famous Tower of Hanoi puzzle under the name M. Claus.