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New Biggest Prime Number = 2 to the 74 Mil ... Uh, It’s Big


The previous largest was 257,885,161 – 1, which has a mere 17 million or so digits.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/22/science/new-biggest-prime-number-mersenne-primes.html

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I wish I had something intelligent to say about this.

It's odd to see you at a loss for words, Adam. my question is "Okay, so what"? why should we care?

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First, just because it is an adventure (to some fellows) also, more importantly, it can be used in cryptography.

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Thanks for that explanation Nathaniel.

If better cryptography is the result, then that sounds highly beneficial.Β 

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