Dec 11, 2003

Student finds largest known prime number 

From CNN.com:

DETROIT, Michigan (AP) -- More than 200,000 computers spent years looking for the largest known prime number. It turned up on Michigan State University graduate student Michael Shafer's off-the-shelf PC.
The number is 6,320,430 digits long and would need 1,400 to 1,500 pages to write out. It is more than 2 million digits larger than the previous largest known prime number.

I'd supply the link to the story, but I think the number of people saying "Who gives a rat's ass?" is equal to the value of the number in question.

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