# One is not Prime/Proof 1

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## Theorem

The integer $1$ (one) is not a prime number.

## Proof

By definition, a prime number is a positive integer which has exactly $2$ divisors which are themselves positive integers.

From Divisors of One, the only divisors of $1$ are $1$ and $-1$.

So the only divisor of $1$ which is a positive integer is $1$.

As $1$ has only one such divisor, it is not classified as a prime number.

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 1982: Martin Davis:
*Computability and Unsolvability*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Appendix $1$: Some Results from the Elementary Theory of Numbers - 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): $1$ - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $1$

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