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Largest Prime Number Found…

13 January 2006

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in my basement.

No seriously, A team from Central Missouri State University who programmed a network of computers several years ago have hit paydirt. in mid-December, researchers found the world’s largest prime number, known as M30402457. That’s the same as 2 to the 30,402,457th power minus one, a number that is 9.1 million digits long.

You can read more about it over at CIO-Today.

Just in case you’ve forgotten basic math a prime number is a whole number greater than 1 that can only be divided evenly by itself and 1 (e.g., 17).