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A new prime number!

  1. Dec 11, 2003 #1
    Hey, check this out, the newest prime number found today!

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=528&ncid=528&e=10&u=/ap/20031211/ap_on_hi_te/biggest_prime_number [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 1, 2017
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  3. Dec 12, 2003 #2
    Cool! Just like most other very large prime numbers, this is also a Mersenne-prime:


    with [tex]p[/tex] itself prime. In this case


    was proven to be prime.

    Zero practical application, but very cool.
  4. Dec 14, 2003 #3
    Very interesting indeed. I learned about Mersenne primes in a discrete math class this semester. It's amazing how hundreds of people worldwide are joined into finding out bigger and bigger prime numbers for well no reason at all except the fact of self enjoyment. Very cool stuff.
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