Prime numbers visualized as periodic waveforms

Sometimes mathematics seems opaque and mysterious until someone finds a way to illustrate a concept in a unique way. Often the results are beautiful.

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For each natural number n, we draw a periodic curve starting from the origin, intersecting the x-axis at n and its multiples. The prime numbers are those that have been intersected by only two curves: the prime number itself and one.

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