January 20, 2016

New Prime Number Discovery Breaks Record at 22 Million Digits

A new highest known prime number has been calculated, clocking in at nearly 5 million digits more than the previous record holder.

Prime numbers, which can only be divisible by themselves, are presumably infinite. However, the higher you count, the fewer and farther between prime numbers are. The previous highest known prime number held the record for nearly three years. On January 25, 2013, 2 to the power of 57,885,161 minus 1, a figure 17,425,170 digits long, was announced by Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search... GIMPS hasĀ just announced a new record.

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