Martin Nowak, a German eye surgeon and mathematics enthusiast who is one of the project's volunteers, discovered the latest prime
using one of his office computers.
Major support for IRS continued as a partnership between the state VR agencies and RSA and, for the first time, universities participated as prime
study group coordinators.
Now, a pair of mathematicians offers a proof that in one fell swoop demonstrates that there are infinitely many prime
progressions of every finite length.
Studying this wider question simplified the formulas estimating the spacing of primes
, and to the team's surprise, the new result about smaller-than-average prime
gaps fell out.
This scheme requires a ready-to-use supply of large primes
, so it has encouraged mathematicians and computer scientists to seek increasingly efficient ways of identifying prime
Cameron discovered the record-setting prime
using software written by George Woltman, a retired computer programmer in Orlando, Fla.
who keeps his own computers occupied with several prime
gradually become scarcer as the numbers get larger.
For example, written out in binary form, a Mersenne number consists of an unbroken string of 1s-3,021,377 of them in the case of the record prime