## The Largest Known Prime Number

October 1, 2017 Leave a comment

The largest known prime number was discovered in 2016 by a computer laboratory of the University of Central Missouri .

**2 ^{57,885,161} – 1 **

is one of the Mersenne primes that can be written in form 2^{n} – 1, where n is an integer. They are named after 17-century French mathematician Marin Mersenne.

The number written in the decimal form contains 17 million digits.

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