# Mathematician:Peter Barlow

## Mathematician

English mathematician and physicist, famous for his New Mathematical Tables, which would be later republished and known as Barlow's Tables and become a standard reference work.

Also (disappointingly) notable for his prediction in $1811$ that no prime greater than $2^{31} - 1$ would ever be discovered.

Also noted for his work on magnetism and strength of materials.

His incorrect formulation Barlow's law in $1824$ appeared to demonstrate that long-distance transmission of electricity was unfeasible, and until it was disproved in $1831$ belief in it held back the development of telegraphy for some years.

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