How many prime numbers has been discovered to this day and what is at the moment highest prime number?

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- May 18th 2006, 05:44 PMOReillyPrime numbers info
How many prime numbers has been discovered to this day and what is at the moment highest prime number?

- May 18th 2006, 06:06 PMThePerfectHackerQuote:

Originally Posted by**OReilly**

There is a class of primes called "Mersenne Primes" they have form $\displaystyle 2^n-1$. One interesting fact is that if this number is prime then $\displaystyle n$ must it self be prime! If I remember properly-(I might be wrong)that,

$\displaystyle 2^{65537}-1$ is prime,

I only remember that because

$\displaystyle 65537=2^{2^4}+1$ a Fermat prime.

I think it might be among the highest. - May 18th 2006, 08:33 PMCaptainBlackQuote:

Originally Posted by**ThePerfectHacker**

RonL - May 18th 2006, 10:24 PMrgep
There are many resources listed in the Open Directory Project.

Your questions are answered on The Prime Pages. - May 19th 2006, 09:32 AMThePerfectHacker
Yet no-one was able to develope a prime producing algorithm.

- May 20th 2006, 04:02 AMtopsquarkQuote:

Originally Posted by**ThePerfectHacker**

-Dan - May 20th 2006, 04:41 AMAradeshQuote:

Originally Posted by**topsquark**

or atleast he thought god would therefore not let him die, as to not let him die with posthumous fame, like fermat's last theorem. - May 20th 2006, 07:07 PMThePerfectHackerQuote:

Originally Posted by**topsquark**

Anyway, it cannot be a polynomial remember that.