# Primes of form Power of Two plus One/Historical Note

## Historical Note on Primes of form Power of Two plus One

In $1640$, Pierre de Fermat wrote to Pierre de Fermat wrote to Bernard Frénicle de Bessy announcing this result.

From the fact that all integers of the form $2^n + 1$ such that $n = 2^k$ that he tested were prime, he went on to make his famous Fermat Prime Conjecture: that they are all prime.

This was refuted by Leonhard Paul Euler, who discovered that $2^{2^5}$ is composite in $1732$.

## Sources

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): $257$ - 1997: David Wells:
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