We note first that by the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, we can view any natural number as a supernatural number. Supernatural numbers form a generalization of natural numbers in two ways: First, by allowing the possibility of infinitely many prime factors, and second, by allowing any given prime to divide “infinitely often,” by taking that prime’s corresponding exponent to be the symbol .
We can extend the usual -adic to these supernatural numbers by defining, for as above, for each . We can then extend the notion of divisibility to supernatural numbers by declaring if for all (where, by definition, the symbol is considered greater than any natural number). Finally, we can also generalize the notion of the least common multiple (lcm) and greatest common divisor (gcd) for (arbitrarily many) supernatural numbers, by defining
Note that the supernatural version of the definitions of divisibility, , and carry over exactly from their corresponding notions for natural numbers, though we can now take the gcd or lcm of infinitely many natural numbers (to get a supernatural number).
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