Congratulations?: New Largest Prime Number Discovered

January 22, 2016

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A group of mathematicians at the University of Central Missouri have discovered the new largest prime number known to man, a number so large it has 22,338,618 digits. That is a big-ass number. It can be expressed as 2^74,207,281 − 1, and is some five million digits longer than the previously known largest prime number. What does it mean for people like us? Absolutely f***ing nothing. What does it mean for the people who discovered it? The greatest day of their lives.

Thanks to my mom, who, along with my dad, are visiting right now which is why I've been sleeping on the couch for five days. Two more to go!

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