Why You Should Be Excited About the New Record for the Largest Prime Number  2 views

Garrett Eastman on 07 Feb 13"Late last month, Curtis Cooper of the University of Central Missouri moved one small step closer to Euclid's infinity, when he announced that 257,885,1611 is prime. This is now the largest known prime number, eclipsing the previous recordholder, which had been discovered at UCLA in 2008. The new number has 17,425,170 digitsjust writing them down makes for a 22.45megabyte text file. The UCLA number had knocked an earlier number of Cooper's, from 2006, out of the record books. "