UCLA Bags $100K Prize With Record-Breaking Prime Number

Winning discovery is 13 million digits long
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2008 7:34 AM CDT
The search for Mersenne prime numbers seeks to harness the world's underutilized computing capacity.   ((c) Inti)
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(Newser) – A team of UCLA mathematicians has won one of  the math world's most coveted prizes, the Los Angeles Times reports. Their discovery of a 13-million-digit prime number—only the 46th such number ever found—scores them a $100,000 reward from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The organization is also offering $150,000 to anybody who can find a prime number with more than 100 million digits.