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:

At September 22, 2008 11:08 PM, Blogger 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.

 
At September 23, 2008 1:01 AM, Blogger 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.

 
At September 23, 2008 7:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

QQ

 
At September 23, 2008 7:58 AM, Blogger Z said...

should I understand this?


ruh roh!

 
At September 23, 2008 9:14 AM, Blogger nanc said...

ohkay...*;[ color me confused.

 
At September 23, 2008 1:29 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

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

 
At September 24, 2008 8:40 AM, Blogger cube said...

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

 
At September 24, 2008 5:49 PM, Blogger Salubrina said...

that's hot, cube.

:-)

 
At September 25, 2008 2:56 PM, Blogger 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

 
At September 27, 2008 11:13 AM, Blogger cube said...

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

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

 
At September 29, 2008 1:18 AM, Blogger Pinky said...

suh-weet.

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

nerds UNITE!

 
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