Date: Feb 16, 2013 7:26 PM
Author: Wayne Bishop
Subject: Re: Largest Known Prime Number Discovered
If you object to bad math jokes (are there any

good ones?), there's the old proofs that all odd

numbers greater than 2 are prime;

Physicist: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13,
The 9? It is

crucial in science to exclude such outliers as measuring error.

Mathematician: 3, 5, 7,
And just finish the proof by induction.

Engineer (middle school math teacher?): 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19,

Wayne

At 05:37 AM 2/16/2013, GS Chandy wrote:

>Joe Niederberger posted Feb 15, 2013 9:37 PM:

> > G S Chandy says:

> > > Could you possibly guide me to a proof of Th. 2?

> >

> > It was just Wayne's joke, unfortunately loses its

> > punch if if needs explained.

> >

>Thanks, Joe. I feel adequately

>chastened. Indeed, it has lost punch. Unless

>it was a poor joke to begin with. Sorry about that, Wayne.

>

>Wayne: :) :) Trust you're happy now?

>

> >However, at any point in

> > time you can just look up whatever the largest

> > "known" prime is at the moment. It is usually

> > Mersenne (2**p - 1), and may be for a long time to

> > come.

> >

>It will be indeed, since we have got to 47

>million digits - the GIMPS project itself would

>most likely take some time to get to the next

>one (whether it be Mersenne or anything else).

>

>GSC

> > Cheers,

> > Joe N