It clocks in at over a monstrous 23 million digits long, and is in a rare class of numbers called Mersenne primes.
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- The 42nd known Mersenne prime is discovered by Martin Nowak of Germany, a participant of the GIMPS distributed computing project. The prime number is the largest known Mersenne prime at the time of its discovery, and is nearly eight million digits long.
- Curtis Cooper, a mathematician and computer science professor at the University of Central Missouri, discovers the largest known prime number, a Mersenne prime with over 17.4 million digits.
- The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) discovers the 44th Mersenne prime. It was verified on September 11.
- GIMPS has confirmed that 2 20996011 -1 is prime. At 6320430 decimal digits, it is easily the largest known prime number. 2 20996011 -1 is the 40th known Mersenne prime and the 6th Mersenne prime discovered by GIMPS. [http:--mersenne.org-primes-20996011.htm]
- A 12.9 million digit Mersenne prime is discovered.