World’s largest prime number, all 17 million digits, discovered

FoxNews.com: Curtis Cooper at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg has found the largest prime number of all at this time.

As part of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), a computer program that networks PCs worldwide to collectively hunt for a special type of prime number, Cooper discovered a prime number with 17,425,170 digits.

The number is the first prime discovered in four years.

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    The number is the first prime discovered in four years.
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    This is neat, but I don’t like how it’s reported here. “World’s Largest Prime Number,” as if the proof of the existence...
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    Is it that hard to find a prime number? Geez.
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