|Feb 8, 2013, 05:56 PM||#1|
For all you math geeks: we've got a new Mersenne prime!
GIMPS, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, reports:
On January 25th, prolific GIMPS contributor Dr. Curtis Cooper discovered the 48th known Mersenne prime, 2^57,885,161 - 1, a 17,425,170 digit number.So take that, 12978189-digit Mersenne prime. Your reign is over!
A text file with all of the digits of this new prime number would be over 22MB in size! But it makes wonderful bedtime reading.
I find it amusing that they say that the 47th Mersenne prime was discovered over 4 years ago. According to their own logs it was April 12, 2009, which makes it 3.79 years ago. I guess arithmetic was never their strong suit.
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