
Re: Largest Known Prime Number Discovered
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Feb 13, 2013 10:26 AM


I think the remark (which I ascribe, perhaps flippantly and wrongly to ultrafinitists) "How many more?" deserves some consideration. I hope its uncontroversial that humans will only ever have a finite stockpile of "discovered" primes in their arsenal. So the next question is can we figure out an estimate of where the boundary (on magnitude, which I think also gives an estimate of total number of) might be? Or even give a very loose upper bound with a convincing argument? Seems like it may be possible. I have no trick up my sleeve here, it was just a passing thought.
Anybody?
Cheers, Joe N

