Geek Alert-Prime Numbers

The largest prime number has now been discovered by researchers in Missouri as part of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search project, better known as GIMPS. The number? 22 million digits long–5 million digits longer than the previous one!

  • 22,000,000 minutes equals about 42 years.
  • 22,000,000 miles equals about 883.5 times around the earth.
  • 22,000,000 ounces equals about 137.5 elephants

What’s the purpose of this large of a prime number?  Practically speaking, nothing. But this geek is quite impressed.

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To read more, visit: http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/20/10797052/biggest-prime-number-gimps-missouri

(H/T Ethan)

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