Re: Seeking extropian opinion: GIMPS vs SETI?

Spike Jones (
Fri, 04 Jun 1999 23:35:16 -0700

Yes. I have been running GIMPS for almost a year. George notified us Monday that a new Mersenne prime had probably been discovered, but it must yet be verified independently by several supercomputers. spike wrote:

> BTW with regard to GIMPS, rumor has it that have succeeded in finding a new
> large prime:
> >From: George Woltman <>
> >> The 38th Mersenne prime was *probably* discovered today. The exponent
> >is in the 6,000,000s (the prime is in the neighborhood of 2,000,000 digits).