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
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