Finding Mersenne Primes
Date: 02/15/2002 at 23:10:12 From: Hanif Subject: Mersenne prime How do I find the first four Mersenne primes? I don't know how to start.
Date: 02/16/2002 at 01:03:47 From: Doctor Jodi Subject: Re: Mersenne prime Hi Hanif, First of all, a Mersenne number is 2^n - 1. If this number is prime, it's called a Mersenne prime. For instance, 2^1 - 1 = 1 (not a prime) 2^2-1 = 3 (a prime) Does this make sense? You can find several Mersenne prime pages on the web, for instance Mersenne Primes: History, Theorems and Lists - Chris Caldwell http://www.utm.edu/research/primes/mersenne/ Interested in using your computer to help discover huge primes? "GIMPS, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, was formed in January 1996 to discover new world-record-size Mersenne primes. GIMPS harnesses the power of thousands of small computers like yours to search for these "needles in a haystack" (from http://www.mersenne.org/prime.htm ). Hope this helps! - Doctor Jodi, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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