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    Default Largest prime number found

    Persistence pays off. Jonathan Pace, a Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search member for over 14 years, discovered the 50th known Mersenne prime, 2^77,232,917 -- 1 on December 26, 2017. The prime number is calculated by multiplying together 77,232,917 twos, and then subtracting one. It weighs in at 23,249,425 digits, becoming the largest prime number known to mankind. It bests the previous record prime, also discovered by GIMPS, by 910,807 digits. You can read a little more in the press release here :

    https://www.mersenne.org/primes/press/M77232917.html

    Anyone know why this kind of thing is important? Or do you need your favorite nerd, moi, to explain to you plebeian simians?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon1 View Post
    Anyone know why this kind of thing is important? Or do you need your favorite nerd, moi, to explain to you plebeian simians?
    Please go ahead, and give us your best explanation. What are the implications of a mathematical event of this magnitude?

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    These reasons :

    http://primes.utm.edu/notes/faq/why.html

    Also, the more prime numbers that are discovered, the more likely is that we will be able to discover a pattern within an arbitrary base number set. The larger numbers are useful because we also want to make sure that the entire range is consistent, or in other words that any pattern, or lack of pattern, is the same across the entire set of numbers. There is always a benefit to trying to find patterns in number theory -- it's one of the coolest and most interesting fields in pure mathematics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon1 View Post
    These reasons :

    http://primes.utm.edu/notes/faq/why.html

    Also, the more prime numbers that are discovered, the more likely is that we will be able to discover a pattern within an arbitrary base number set. The larger numbers are useful because we also want to make sure that the entire range is consistent, or in other words that any pattern, or lack of pattern, is the same across the entire set of numbers. There is always a benefit to trying to find patterns in number theory -- it's one of the coolest and most interesting fields in pure mathematics.
    Aside from cool and interesting, why is this useful? What can be made from it so to say? What kind of real world applications can be built from prime numbers? Can we build interstellar spacecrafts from this shit? Give a few examples.
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    Hello,

    Not sure if it's ok to post here, but I've been searching for the valid information on the prime numbers role in Biochemistry. Does anyone have any scientific resources to share? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryLewis View Post
    Hello,

    Not sure if it's ok to post here, but I've been searching for the valid information on the prime numbers role in Biochemistry. Does anyone have any scientific resources to share? Thank you.

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    Director of Teaching and Learning for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Melbourne
    Well it would be interesting if you could post a few resources yourself first, so that the rest of us can do some digging and see what we can find.
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    Here's the article on the similarity with crystal-like materials - https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/...stal-materials
    I've also contacted Dr. Salvatore Torquato (from the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials) to request an official access for his research materials. Still waiting for his reply.

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