Questions on the number-theoretic functionality of Mathematica.

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Fastest square number test

What is the fastest possible square number test in Mathematica 7, both for machine size and big integers? I presume in version 8 the fastest will be a dedicated C LibraryLink function.
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efficient way to count the number of zeros at the (right) end of a very large number

If I want to count the number of zeros at the (right) end of a large number, like $12345!$, I can use something like: Length[Last[Split[IntegerDigits[12345!]]]] ...
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PowersRepresentations Algorithm

I'm trying to understand the mathematics behind counting the number of representations of a positive integer by $n$ distinct $k$th powers, i.e. I would really like to know how to do the Mathematica ...
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Factorisation diagrams

Here is a way to visualize the factorisation of natural numbers. How do we get this or a similar kind of output using Mathematica? See the list of images generated for number from 1 to 36:
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Does Mathematica use the Elliptic Curve Method (ECM) in FactorInteger[]?

I'm not a mathematician, and I'm not even going to pretend that I understand anything of the ECM. But I know it can be a fast method for factorization. I benchmarked the factorization of ...
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Why does Mathematica claim there is no even prime?

I wonder if this is a bug, or if I'm misunderstanding something: Exists[n, EvenQ[n] && PrimeQ[n]] // Resolve (* ==> False *) So if I interpret this ...
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Finding long strings of identical digits in transcendental numbers

Introduction Describing the three main streams of present-day mathematical philosophy (formalism, Platonism and intuitionism) in a well-known book, The Emperor's New Mind, R. Penrose says: ...it ...