## Why does the mathematically mysterious nature of prime numbers make them so useful in the current digital age?

Since the ancient Greeks, prime numbers[i] have been of enormous interest to mathematicians due to their seemingly mysterious nature, and their unpredictability. If you look at a table of whole numbers and highlight the primes, they appear to be random. If you know that one number is prime, it is very difficult to know when the next prime will appear. In the 20th and 21st centuries, however, these properties have made prime numbers an integral part of our digital world; in this age, cryptography is vital. Every time you purchase something online you send your credit card information across the internet. This data…