Saturday, 14 May 2016

The 22 Million Digit Number... And The Amazing Maths Behind Primes

It is a quite extraordinary figure. Dr Curtis Cooper from the University of Central Missouri has found the largest-known prime number. It is around 22 million digits long and, if printed in full, would take you days to read.

Mathematicians have been searching for patterns in prime numbers for more than 3,000 years and have made only a small amount of progress, believing that there are still many patterns to find. This recent discovery continues that pursuit of understanding.

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