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    Re: New largest prime number found

    Won't bring down the price of groceries...
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    Re: New largest prime number found

    Impressive. But for a Mersenne prime isn't the exponent of more interest than the prime itself?

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    Re: New largest prime number found

    So this means that $2^{77232916}(2^{77232917}-1) $ is a perfect number!

    Not a very useful fact, but I always liked perfect numbers.
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    Re: New largest prime number found

    Quote Originally Posted by DenisB View Post
    Won't bring down the price of groceries...
    Neither will your comment. And an infinitude of other facts/artwork, etc.
    posted won't either.

    Isn't logic wonderful?
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    Re: New largest prime number found

    It's very cool finding the largest known prime number, but it's definitely not the largest prime number that exists, as in fact, there are INFINITELY many prime numbers...

    To prove this, let's say that there was a finite number of prime numbers. Then there would exist a prime number that is the largest. Call it P.

    Create a number by multiplying all the prime numbers up to P, so

    N = 2 x 3 x 5 x 7 x 11 x ... x P

    If we add 1 to this number, we get

    N + 1 = 2 x 3 x 5 x 7 x 11 x ... x P + 1

    Now if we were to divide N + 1 by any of the prime numbers up to P, there will always be a remainder of 1.

    So that means as N + 1 does not have any prime factors up to P, then either there is a prime number larger than P which divides N + 1, or else N + 1 itself is a prime number. Either way, this contradicts our statement that P is the largest prime number, and thus our original statement that there are a finite number of prime numbers must be false.

    Thus there are an infinite number of prime numbers. Q.E.D.
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    Re: New largest prime number found

    Quote Originally Posted by Prove It View Post
    It's very cool finding the largest known prime number, but it's definitely not the largest prime number that exists, as in fact, there are INFINITELY many prime numbers...
    you don't say
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