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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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A new prime number has been discovered this week by GIMPS:

It is now the largest known prime, a whopping 17-million-digit Mersenne prime.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi;

Ooooh that is a big number!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
- Registered: 2011-05-23
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Hi Sophie

Has the discoverer received any prize (cash or other)?

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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I do believe that they offer a 5000$ prize to the dicsoverer.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The latex in the OP's post has gone out. I hope that is not a problem with the site.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I think it is. MIF said that the LaTeX cache is the problem. Maybe we should try asking him to manually delete the broken LaTeX from the cache?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I have fixed her latexing problems.

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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According to NewScientist, Cooper will recieve $3000.

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