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A string of pearls: Proofs of Fermat's Little Theorem

Chan, Hing Lun (Joseph); Norrish, Michael


We discuss mechanised proofs of Fermat's Little Theorem in a variety of styles, focusing in particular on an elegant combinatorial necklace proof that has not been mechanised previously. What is elegant in prose turns out to be long-winded mechanically, and so we examine the effect of explicitly appealing to group theory. This has pleasant consequences both for the necklace proof, and also for the direct number-theoretic approach.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Conference paper
Source: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35308-6_16


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