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Largest prime number discovered

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AsteroidX

I believe it was the economics dept figuring what our future debt clock is going to need to be calibrated for.

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H132

My point is that the writing is sloppy and the product of one who is careless and lazy. The headline states that the largest prime number has been found. This is factually incorrect since there are an infinite number of primes ...

http://primes.utm.ed...te/euclids.html

If the author had taken 30 seconds to do some research, the error could have been avoided by using something like "yet discovered" and then could have explained the difficulty in finding these large primes, how awesome the discoveries are, the significance, etc.

It is the imprecision and carelessness that most irk me

And "since numbers are endless" is not proof that there are an infinite number of primes.

Wow... calm down Sheldon Cooper!

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Optimus-Prime-MEME.jpg Edited by Iron_Lotus

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shrooma

I know a prime number that's 17,425,171 digits long!

i'd type it out so you could check the veracity, but well, you know, my dinner break is only half an hour long.....

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