Problem 214Published on Saturday, 25th October 2008, 02:00 pm; Solved by 3540; Difficulty rating: 40%
Let φ be Euler's totient function, i.e. for a natural number n, φ(n) is the number of k, 1 ≤ k ≤ n, for which gcd(k,n) = 1.
By iterating φ, each positive integer generates a decreasing chain of numbers ending in 1.
E.g. if we start with 5 the sequence 5,4,2,1 is generated.
Here is a listing of all chains with length 4:
Only two of these chains start with a prime, their sum is 12.
What is the sum of all primes less than 40000000 which generate a chain of length 25?