Largest prime number yet discovered
Here are the first digits of the newly identified prime number.
February 6th, 2013
01:01 PM ET

Largest prime number yet discovered

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

You know you're a geek if you felt all warm and fuzzy inside when you read that headline. If you got here by accident, here's the news: The biggest prime number yet has been discovered.

It is indeed massive, more than 17 million digits long. A text file of the entire number contains more than 22 megabytes of information.

Here's an audio interview from CNN Radio about this newly identified number:

For those who have been out of school for a while, let's review: A prime number is a positive integer that cannot be divided evenly by any number except itself and 1. The first 10 prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29.


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