New Prime Number Discovered

Mirage

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This isn't really science exactly but I felt it fit here better than any other area.

A new prime number has been discovered. How is this interesting?

Well, it's a 13 million digit number.

FOXNews.com - UCLA Mathematicians Discover 13-Million-Digit Prime Number - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

Crazy. I can't think of any use to having this though but it's interesting to know nonetheless. Might come in handy on a trivia game show sometime. :lol:
 

Mirage

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It's a PRIME number, not just a number. It's pretty interesting if you are into mathematics at all.

In mathematics, a prime number (or a prime) is a natural number which has exactly two distinct natural number divisors: 1 and itself.
Some more info on prime numbers:

Prime number - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are infinite prime numbers. This newest find is simply the largest discovered so far.
 

dDave

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Crazy, $100,000 for discovering something so useless?

I mean yeah it's interesting I suppose.

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.
only 46? really? I mean wow.

Prime Numbers Chart

???

You'd think that by now somebody would have written a program that calculated prime numbers.
 

ysabel

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I wonder if the 47th would still be in million digit range. I'm also surprised that the prime number search was harder (I thought maybe it can easily be programmed like find a number > 43,112,609 and somehow reject if quotient was not a whole number :blah: ). Apparently, it's not that easy. :lol:
 
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Mirage

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You'd think that by now somebody would have written a program that calculated prime numbers.
They DID do that. That's how these people figured out this latest one. You have to imagine a 13 million digit number takes some serious computer power to calculate though. That's about 12 and a half megabytes worth of numbers for each calculation. Do that 13 million times and you'll have yourself a very time consuming hobby. ;)
 

agphoenix

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...Crazy. I can't think of any use to having this :lol:
I'm sorry Hoybrix, I just have to...

SCIENTIST: 'One of the most important uses we have found for this number, is its mentioning on a great forum on-line...GF! It is in fact, the perfect present for GF's tenth. Ooh, tenth reminds me...'
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Multiples of prime numbers with prime decimal points have actually been found to measure distances between 2 points in space to a more definitive accuracy. This was a group project at the Uni. of Washington when I was in WA about 10 years ago. And by found I mean getting positive results in the experiments for the majority of the number of tests.

Time will tell about this one. Good find though Hybrix.

*edit* My bad, it's Google that's turning 10, but we can still laugh about it right? :shifteyes:
 
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ChromaticMike

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This isn't really science exactly but I felt it fit here better than any other area.

A new prime number has been discovered. How is this interesting?

Well, it's a 13 million digit number.

FOXNews.com - UCLA Mathematicians Discover 13-Million-Digit Prime Number - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

Crazy. I can't think of any use to having this though but it's interesting to know nonetheless. Might come in handy on a trivia game show sometime. :lol:
I could just imagine that.
"Welcome to <insert gameshow name here>! Here's question one: What is the 13 million digit prime number?"
"8402068328503858439047860238684.."
50 minutes later.
"4583859"
"Whoa, and that's the end of the show! Sorry, you win nothing today."
 
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