Higgs prime

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Higgs' prime, Higgs's prime, Higg's prime, Higg prime
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Wouldn't it be simpler to replace \phi(Hp_n) with Hp_n - 1 and the condition \pi(Hp_n) > \pi(Hp_{n-1}) with Hp_n > Hp_{n-1}?

Since Hp_n is prime, it seems that these are equivalent and simpler formulations.

Also, it would be nice to have some motivation for the definition -- do these sequences of primes arise from some other considerations?

Per your suggestion I changed \pi(Hp_n) > \pi(Hp_{n-1}) to Hp_n > Hp_{n-1}. I don't blame anyone for thinking that was a symbological obfuscation, there really was no good reason for it. Thank you for pointing this out.

As for \phi(Hp_n) to Hp_n - 1, I remember thinking yesterday that this wasn't an obfuscation and that there was a very good reason to put it this way to bring out some relation to cototient valences for which some overnight calculations are required. Unfortunately my computer crashed some time around midnight in the midst of the calculation and today I can't remember for the life of me what that was, or if maybe it was in connection to some other totient topic. I've managed to obfuscate this to myself! Perhaps one of the younger PM users could refresh my memory if this has something to do with something I've chatted with them about.

For me it's become quite second-nature that \phi(p) = p - 1, but perhaps I should mention it here just the same (I mentioned it at Wikipedia, where it is less likely a casual reader would figure it out on first sight).

In regards to your last point, I became interested in these primes because of the ways in which they are not Fermat primes. Burris and Lee studied these in connection to "high-school algebras," something which I personally couldn't care less about, as I passed high school algebra decades ago.