Largest Known Prime Number Discovered. (Article)



06022013, 03:23 PM
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Largest Known Prime Number Discovered. (Article)
Article here. A math professor has discovered a prime number whose digits number 17,425,170. That is seventeenmillionfour hundredtwenty fivethousandone hundredseventy digits long. This dethrones the previous record of a prime number that is ~12 million. The number in question is 2^57,885,1611.
From the article " the number is the 48th example of a rare class of primes called Mersenne Primes. Mersenne primes take the form of 2 raised to the power of a prime number minus 1. Since they were first described by French monk Marin Mersenne 350 years ago, only 48 of these elusive numbers have been found, including the most recent discovery." 



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