January’s Site of the Month: The Largest Known Primes – A Summary

In January a new largest prime was found – with over 22 million digits. Cooper, Woltman, Kurowski and Blosser used GIMPS (Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search) which is software that, since 1996, has generated many new primes.

This web page describes these, and other, types of large primes, links to further information, and discusses Euclid’s proof of the infinitude of primes

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