Let be a prime number. Then the number is divisible by . The theorem was first formulated by E. Waring (1770) and is, according to him, due to J. Wilson. It was proved by J.L. Lagrange in 1771. A primality test for integers follows from Wilson's theorem: A natural number will be prime if and only if
This test is not recommended for practical use, since the factorial involved rapidly becomes very large.
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In fact, also the converse is true (and usually also called Wilson's theorem): Let , with . Then is divisible by if and only if is a prime number.
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Wilson theorem. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Wilson_theorem&oldid=17357