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The Mersenne prime 2^127-1 that Édouard Lucas verified in 1876. He is said to have spent 19 years in checking it, by hand. This remains the largest prime number discovered without the aid of a computer. Lucas died under unusual circumstances. A banquet waiter dropped a plate and a broken piece flew up and cut him on the cheek. He passed away a few days later from a bacterial infection (erysipelas).

 

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