Big Discovery: Largest Prime Number

Newest Mersenne 'like finding a diamond'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 6, 2013 3:53 AM CST

(Newser) – The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search just paid dividends in the hunt for ever-bigger prime numbers, the New Scientist reports. University of Central Missouri mathematician Curtis Cooper has discovered the biggest prime number yet, a 17 million-digit behemoth, as part of GIMPS. The project uses...   Read full story »

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