UCLA mathematician Edson Smith and colleagues have found a really, really large prime number: it's 13 million digits long!

The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system running a different algorithm. [...]

Mersenne primes — named for their discoverer, 17th-century French mathematician Marin Mersenne — are expressed as 2P-1, or two to the power of "P" minus one. P is itself a prime number. For the new prime, P is 43,112,609.

Thousands of people around the world have been participating in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, or GIMPS, a cooperative system in which underused computing power is harnessed to perform the calculations needed to find and verify Mersenne primes.

To visualize how large the prime number 243,112,609 - 1 really is, if you print out the number at 75 digits per line and 50 lines per page, it would be almost 3,500 pages long!

Ideed. What good is it? For the sake of arguement lets assume it is the largest possible Prime Number. What in your humble opinion does it represent; the number of possible Parallel Universes, Infinity, God?
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What is the point of this whole exercise?
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I just discovered a very (very) large prime letter in my backyard!
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dgaicun - I humbly submit ( your number+ 1) , as being a number that is larger than (your number).

But keep up the search
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