Wednesday, January 04, 2006
The largest prime number?
I don't think so. A friend emailed me a link to a Yahoo article headlined Mo. Researchers Find Largest Prime Number. Since this friend is a wonderful writer but not even a wannabe mathematician, I refrained from answering with the very simple proof of the infinity of primes and went off to read the article. At least the first sentence is "Researchers at a Missouri university have identified the largest known prime number, officials said Tuesday. " (Emphasis mine) It would have been nice if the headline was written with a little more care. I wonder how many people read the headline but not the article and now think that there is a finite amount of prime numbers and the largest (translate last) has been found?