Re: record prime status

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Dec 01 2001 - 10:55:18 MST

> Spike Jones wrote:
> ...caution is as overstated as the sheep-observing mathematician,
> but George is the boss. Look for the announcement in about
> a week. spike

In the age of the internet, keeping secrets can be difficult or
impossible. Early news is leaking like broken dam.

The new Mersenne prime is 2^13,466,917 - 1.

Recall the 38th Mersenne was discovered on 1 June 1999 and
the 39th on 15 November 2001, so the size of the largest known
prime doubled every 12 seconds during that 2.5 year period.

Aint life grand? {8^D spike

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