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

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The smallest odd prime Thabit number. Arab mathematician Thabit ibn Qurra discovered a rule for finding amicable pairs based on these numbers (of the form 3 * 2n - 1) before his death in Baghdad in 901.


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