This is Henrik Rummel posting by the way, I couldn’t log into my own blog so I’m using Jim’s. I found this article doing my daily rounds of CNN and then looking for the original article on the web. A computer at UCLA found a prime number with nearly 13million digits! The number is 2^(43,112,609)-1. It’s known as a Mersenne Prime number after someone who made a false theorem about them. It said in the article that the number of all the atoms in the universe is only about an 80 digit number, yet this one was 13million digits, and can’t be divided by anything except 1 and itself. That’s absurd. Also, if you used 12point font and you printed the number on a piece of paper it would stretch 30 miles. I’d be very excited to know the implications, if any, of finding this number. There must be something because they gave the finder $100,000 dollars. So if I could only find one really really cool prime number a year, I wouldn’t have to work much. Sounds like a good deal to me. Math in the news!