Largest Mersenne Prime
Date: 19 Jan 1995 19:09:59 -0500 From: Al Voss Subject: Largest Mersenne Prime What is the largest currently known Mersenne prime? Al Voss firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 19 Jan 1995 19:44:16 -0500 From: Dr. Ken Subject: Re: Largest Mersenne Prime Hello there! According to my sources, the largest known Mersenne Prime is 2^216091 - 1. It is also the largest known prime of any kind. You sound like you already know some stuff about Mersenne primes, so I won't elaborate. -Ken "Dr." Math
Date: 20 Jan 1995 12:29:55 -0500 From: Al Voss Subject: Re: Largest Mersenne Prime Thanks for your prompt reply. I have now found from another source that the latest Mersenne Prime known is 2^859433, which is the 33rd. However the discovery date is in question, being either in 1993 or 1994. Do you have a way to check on the proper date? I appreciate your help and think that the Dr. Math idea is a good one! Al
Date: 6/21/96 at 1:49:56 From: Jeff Woods Subject: Footnote to Largest Marsenne Prime Discovery Check out http://www.mersenne.org/ This page has MANY links, including one to Chris's definitive list of the top primes, when and by whom they were discovered, etc. There is a a comprehensive distributed Pentium challenge under way to locate an even larger one than Slowinski's January 1994 discovery of M859433, which is not necessarily the 33rd one overall, just the 33rd one found. The range between M216091 and M859433 has not been exhaustively searched yet, though it is known that M216091 is indeed the 31st Marsenne prime. Perhaps soon we'll be able to say for sure if M859433 is indeed the 33rd Marsenne prime. For more on prime numbers, see the Dr. Math FAQ at http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/
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