Largest Prime Number Found


largest-prime-numberGet ready for some even tougher answers on those math tests.

Mathematicians – with the aid of a giant network of computers-said on Tuesday that they had discovered the largest prime number – and it’s 17,425,170 digits long. Discovered by University of Central Missouri mathematician Curtis Cooper, the number-2 raised to the 57,885,161 power minus 1-crushes the last prime number discovered, which had only 12,978,189 digits.

“It’s analogous to climbing Mount Everest,” said retired computer scientist George Woltman.

The number is also the 48th of a rare group of primes known as the Mersenne Primes, which take the form of 2 raised to the power of a prime number minus 1-first described by French monk Mersenne 350 years ago. Read more at Live Science.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. I will swallow the detail with pride and be glad I do not have to study that exact number more than a few times if I ever did on the way to heaven.

  2. Quote “The number is also the 48th of a rare group”

    Next will be revealed the 49th and Chamishim Sharrei Binah. Bimhaira Biyamainu.

    we are getting there. one Madrega at a time.

  3. If you feel it’s worthwhile running this article, then I feel it’s worthwhile making this comment:

    There is no such thing as the “largest prime number”, as was proved hundreds of years ago. What this is, is the largest prime number discovered to date.

    And yes, somewhere in my genes is the one for yekkeshkeit.

  4. I don’t get these comments. Though my sticklerness also wouldn’t have minded a “largest known” it’s still pretty awesome and should make us realize how vast is this universe Hashem created and mah gadlu maasecha.