Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Researchers Find Largest Prime Number!

As reported today, researchers at Central Missouri State University found the largest known prime number. It's 9.1 million digits long.

I'm glad for them...what a coup that must be to find the superlative of anything.

I just have one question: why? Why is this important?

4 Comments:

Blogger Jill Monroe soliloquized...

Okay now - primes are extremely important ; )

They are one of the major componants of cryptography /encryption - $$ is there.

Without them, Dan Brown wouldn't have had a book!

Prime numbers are the building blocks of integers.

Plus, if you're a fan of number theory (Euclid's Secornd Theorem) that primes are infinite - and of course that becomes a challenge, like climbing a mountain. If you can prove that primes aren't infinite - your name will be in text books for years to come!

Thursday, January 05, 2006 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Well, that must be why Dan Brown is making tons of money, and I'm...well, I'm writing about vampires in 19th century England!

Thursday, January 05, 2006 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Jill Monroe soliloquized...

LOL - I dare you Colleen, I doubel dog dare you to get prime numbers in one of your manuscripts ; )

Thursday, January 05, 2006 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

I do love a challenge.....

Thursday, January 05, 2006 5:18:00 PM  

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