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Prime Numbers

This Number Is So Illegal You Can Get Arrested For Writing It Down

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.04.2016 | Science

Did you know that there's such a thing as an illegal number? There is -- and you could actually get arrested for having this one number in your posses...

A Mind-Bending Discovery: The Largest Known Prime Number

The Conversation | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.21.2016 | Science

It is a quite extraordinary figure. Dr. Curtis Cooper from the University of Central Missouri has found the largest-known prime number – written (27...

The Mystery of the Primes

Amir Aczel | Posted 08.10.2013 | Science
Amir Aczel

The primes have been known since early antiquity and fascinated the ancient Greeks, who marveled at their nature. What is interesting about prime numbers is that they become rarer as we progress through the integers.

Mathematician Claims Breakthrough In Centuries-Old Problem

natureheader | Posted 05.14.2013 | Science

By Maggie McKee It’s a result only a mathematician could love. Researchers hoping to get ‘2’ as the answer for a long-sought proof involving pa...

Mathematician Makes Huge Prime Number Discovery

Posted 02.07.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 02/05/2013 11:57 AM EST on LiveScience The largest prime number yet has been discovered — and ...

Math World Abuzz With Claims Of 'Astounding' Solution

Posted 09.14.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 09/11/2012 09:17 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries A Japanese mathematician claims to have the proof for the ABC c...