Monday, September 22, 2008

Largest Prime



Largest Known Prime Number Found

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, a cooperative computing project, helps find a prime that has nearly 13 million digits.

I can't do it justice with the fonts available, but it is the number 2 to the power of 43,112,609, minus 1.

Cool beans.

Simply speaking 2 to the nth power minus 1.

Beautiful.

Of course, it won't be long before someone finds a bigger one so enjoy it while you can.

14 comments:

Chuck said...

Thanks Cube, I'm actually nerdy enough to think this is cool. I ove these types of things, I'm a Science channel nut. As far as the number, wwe as humans don't have the capacity to fathom a number like this.

Leslie Johnson said...

Jeez I thought my ex-girlfriends "number" was big. 'Wwe' at The Long Downward Spiral are simply amazed. You dont get this kind of education on the Basket Weaving channel.

Anonymous said...

Makes my brain hurt trying to think of the next one!

QQ

Z said...

should I understand this?


ruh roh!

nanc said...

ohkay...*;[ color me confused.

Brooke said...

And here I think I'm doing good to balance the ol' checkbook. ;)

cube said...

I can't help but post this kind of harmless nerdy fun.

Salubrina said...

that's hot, cube.

:-)

blankshooting said...

numbers are infinite so good luck to the next person trying to top this ... pocket calculator may not be enough for that trek :s

cube said...

salubrina: Yes. We're on the same page.

blankshooting: Unless you happen to have a pocket big enough to house a Cray...

Pinky said...

suh-weet.

I don't have to understand it to think it's cool.

nerds UNITE!

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