October 23, 2024

It’s a slow day on the interwebs. All I can come up with is this:

Luke Durant, a 36-year-old retired programmer from Alabama, who graduated from Cal Tech and earned a tidy fortune with chipmaker Nvidia, just discovered the world’s largest known prime number. He gave it a cute name: M136279841.

The number is two to the 136,279,841st power, minus one. It contains 41,024,320 decimal digits. If someone read off the entire number and each digit took** **one second to say, that person would need 475 days to finish.

The practical value of this discovery, which took Durant about a year and $2 million of his own money? Ummm… there really isn’t any.

Did I mention that it’s a slow day on the interwebs?