**Prime number**: a positive integer that is not divisible without remainder by any integer except itself and 1.

John Conway is a famous mathematician who proposed the theory that all numbers will eventually climb to a prime number when this certain method is applied…

— Take any number

— Find the prime factorization of that number

— Drop all the powers of the prime factorization

— After you drop the powers you get a new number which Conway proposed will always be a prime number and he came to the conclusion that all numbers will climb to a prime.

For example…

## 25 = 5²

## 5² = 52

## 52 = 2² x 13

## ↓↓ Drop the powers ↓↓

## 2,213

## 2,213 — prime number

## Here’s a second example…

## 60 = 2² x 3 x 5 — prime factorization

## Drop the powers of the prime factorization — 2,235

## 2,235 = 3 x 5 x 149 = 3,5149 — prime number

The theory that all numbers will eventually climb to a prime has intrigued mathematicians for centuries and up till recently has remained unsolved.

A man by the name of James Davis has found a number which proves this theory to be false and the number is — 13532385396179

## 13532385396179

## PRIME FACTORIZATION ↓↓↓

## = 13 x 53² x 3853 x 96179

### 13 — prime number

### 53 — prime number

### 3,853 — prime number

### 9,6179 — prime number

### Drop all the powers from above ↑↑↑ and you end up with the number you started with — 13532385396179 — not a prime number

This number proves John Conway’s theory to be false because the prime factorization of 13532385396179 leads you to the same number you started with, which isn’t a prime.

# 13532385396179

# PRIME FACTORIZATION ↓↓↓

# = 13 x 53² x 3853 x 96179

### DROP THE POWERS ↓↓ 13532385396179