New world’s largest prime number discovered, all 17-million digits of it

by Emily Senger

Missouri professor Dr. Curtis Cooper has discovered a new world’s largest prime number and it’s 17-million digits long.

The number is 2 multiplied by itself 57,885,161 times, less one, reads a press release issued by researchers. And, for anyone who needs a high school math refresher, this new prime number can be divided by only one and itself.

The discovery was part of a project called the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search,  in which volunteers use their personal computers to look through prime candidates, with anyone who discovers one eligible for a cash prize.

To read the entire prime number, you’d have to download 22.5MBs, explains CNET. Want to try? The link is here.


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