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!

  • purchase ku

    wow can get it

    thank
    you

    very
    much

  • Maths makes the world go round.

  • timeiskey

    the opposite is probably true.
    contemplate alien tristate neuron brain math

  • Big McLargehuge

    I wonder where it was hiding.

  • Bling Nye

    Riiiight behind 2^74,207,280.

  • Big McLargehuge

    Is that how math works?

  • Bling Nye

    I don't know, there's eye of newt and dragon scales and shit.

  • Big McLargehuge

    I fucking KNEW it!

  • Bling Nye

    YO MAMA's the largest prime number known to man!

    Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch.

  • side effect

    Don't prime numbers follow some sort of pattern? Can't I just add like 6 to this and claim the record for myself?

  • aquarius7373

    There's no way to calculate it besides dividing it by every single whole number less than half of it and checking to make sure the result is a whole number. I was messing around with some c++ and fucked up my computer once by having it list every prime number starting at 1 and going up.

  • Bling Nye

    Let me google that for you.................................

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

  • CarnivoreApple

    nope, they don't.
    that's the problem.

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