GIMPS: 44th Known Mersenne Prime Probably Found

GIMPSThe Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search reports that they’ve probably found the 44th Mersenne prime:

“On September 4, 2006, a computer reported finding the 44th known Mersenne prime. Verification will begin shortly, probably taking a week or so to complete. If it is verified, this will be GIMPS’ tenth prime!”

A nice little introduction to Mersenne primes and Mersenne numbers in general can be found at Wikipedia.

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