A new biggest prime number has been found. It is called a Mersenne Prime because it can be written as 2^(74,207,281)-1. It is so large that it defies comprehension.

As written in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/22/science/new-biggest-prime-number-mersenne-primes.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160121&nlid=56749405&tntemail0=y

“How big is this big prime number?

I timed how quickly I could write down a number: about four seconds for 10 digits. If I had enough paper and ink — and made the impossible assumption that my hand could maintain this pace — it would take me more than three months to write down the 22,338,618 digits of 2^{74,207,281}− 1.”

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