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GIMPS has discovered a new largest known prime number: 282589933-1 (24,862,048 digits)

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The Fractran algorithm (John Horton Conway's prime-producing machine) is an interesting but terribly inefficient way to generate prime numbers. It requires 19 steps to compute the first prime, 2.


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