Volunteer discovers a new 17 million-digit prime number Finding the rare Mersenne prime nets its captor a tidy sum.
A new largest prime number has been discovered, mersenne.org reported Tuesday. 257,885,161-1, which is also the 48th Mersenne prime, was discovered on the computer of Dr. Curtis Cooper, a professor at the University of Central Missouri.
A Mersenne prime is a prime number that can be written in the form Mp = 2n-1, and they’re extremely rare finds. Of all the numbers between 0 and 25,964,951 there are 1,622,441 that are prime, but only 42 are Mersenne primes.
It is a melancholy reflection that liberty should be equally exposed to danger whether the Government have too much or too little power, and that the line which divides these extremes should be so inaccurately defined by experience.
-- James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, October 17, 1788.
My BIL has a math theory which requires three differing proofs to be accepted. His theory shows there is a string of numbers way out there that has more prime number than between 0 and 1,000,000. It was considered fact that no such string existed. He also does it for fun. The program he wrote to find it make intutive leaps when it detects potential links. The program itself is probably worth over $1B., but he won't market the thing.
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