Largest Prime Number

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The largest prime number yet has been discovered — and it's 17,425,170 digits long. The new prime number crushes the last one discovered in 2008, which was a paltry 12,978,189 digits long.

The number — 2 raised to the 57,885,161 power minus 1 (257885161 -1) — was discovered by University of Central Missouri mathematician Curtis Cooper as part of a giant network of volunteer computers devoted to finding primes, . . . .
http://news.yahoo.com/largest-prime-number-discovered-165757465.html
 

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Simon Bridge
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Oh right - the largest one found so far...
 
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I vote for infinity -1 as the largest prime.
 
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I vote for infinity -1 as the largest prime.
What would Cantor say?
 
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As someone said before (Appel & Haken?): now the burden lies on proving that the algorithm is correct. :)
 
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largest KNOWN prime number.
 
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Indeed already the Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria (fl. 300 BC) proved in his Elements, Book IX, Proposition 20 that the number of primes is infinite wherefore there cannot be the largest one.
 

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