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## Main Question or Discussion Point

This news is a little dated, but I still found it interesting and wanted to see what everyone else thought about this years discovery of a new "largest" prime: ##2^{(57,885,161)}-1## its 17,425,170 digits long and would span all 7 harry potter books twice. Written out in plain text it would take up 22.5mb!

Is the size of primes we find only going to be limited by our computing power? Is there any other way of finding mega primes that aren't Mersenne primes(##2^p-1##)?

(Fun facts credited to Adam Spencer from his fascinating TED talk which can be found here: Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers #TED : http://on.ted.com/gmnG)

Is the size of primes we find only going to be limited by our computing power? Is there any other way of finding mega primes that aren't Mersenne primes(##2^p-1##)?

(Fun facts credited to Adam Spencer from his fascinating TED talk which can be found here: Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers #TED : http://on.ted.com/gmnG)