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