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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.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
- Registered: 2011-05-23
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Hi Sophie

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

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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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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.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
- Registered: 2011-05-23
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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?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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I have fixed her latexing problems.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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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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