[ExI] 2^57885161-1

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Sat Feb 9 09:43:13 UTC 2013

On 08/02/2013 13:44, Dave Sill wrote:
> What's the mathematical importance of 2^257885161-1? Or Mersenne
> primes in general?

I think calling them collector's items isn't too far off the mark. 
However, the long search for them has led to a lot of useful things like 
methods of faster primality testing and factoring, arithmetic for very 
large numbers, and things like the Mersenne twister random number 

Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Faculty of Philosophy
Oxford University

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