Largest prime number
Date: Around 1995
What is the largest prime number?
There is no largest prime number (Euclid, et. al.). Recently, (it seems
this statement will always be proper as computers keep getting faster)
another Mersenne prime has been discovered. A look-up of this will connect
you to perfect numbers. Many references exist.
I heard about the new largest-known prime on the news, but I have not seen
anything about it in print, so I do not know how big it is. The previous
record was the prime number 2^756839 - 1, a number of 227,832 digits. Our
printer does about 5000 characters per page, so this works out to about 45
1/2 pages. The new record-holder is likely to be significantly bigger. A
questioner on the Computer Science BB says that the new record-holder is the
number 2^859433 - 1. This number would have 258,716 digits, requiring about
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