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World’s Largest Prime Number Discovered

15-01-2018 12:00 PM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream

World’s Largest Prime Number Discovered | My Indian Dream

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A maths enthusiast discovers the world’s largest prime number

John Pace has loved math since high school. Currently, he is a FedEx employee and is also credited with discovering the largest prime number currently known.

A number is prime when it can only be divided by an integer that is itself or the number one. So five is a prime number, but six is not. The largest prime number is a whopping 23.2 million digits long. It’s expressed as 2 to the power of 77,232,917 - 1. 

Pace, who took the help of a computer to discover the number explains why he loves maths,  “Math is structured, you always get the same answer if you do it the right way, every time.”


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