Prime Number fun

It's only 22,338,618 digits in length!

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search project has discovered the largest prime number, consisting of 22,338,618 digits in length, or the more compressed and mathematical number is

274,207,281-1

We didn’t want to add all these numbers to this article, but you can unpack a 10.2MB zip file into a text program to view all of it. Imagine the fun you could have with this prime number in the classroom!

The task of generating this prime number took a while. The project reports, “The primality proof took 31 days of non-stop computing on a PC with an Intel I7-4790 CPU”


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