
Re: Largest Known Prime Number Discovered
Posted:
Feb 16, 2013 7:26 PM


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

