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New record for largest prime

Postby Joseph Malkevitch » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:06 pm

Dear Colleagues,

Primes are a fundamental building block of the positive integers, numbers whose only factors are one and themselves. Although we know there are infinitely many primes (Euclid showed this!) the existence of infinitely many primes of special types is still an active area of research and people interested in computation and the accuracy of long computations have an interest in finding and verifying large primes.

So for those interested in "records," there is a new record as reported here:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/21 ... on-digits/

The new record is particularly of interest because what was found was a special kind of prime, a Mersenne prime, for which it is still unknown if there infinitely many primes of this kind.

Regards,

Joe
Joseph Malkevitch
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York College (CUNY)
Jamaica, New York 11451

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