Two mathematicians walk into a bar. One is complaining about the state of mathematics education in America. “The average person just doesn’t know any math,” she exclaimed with disgust. The second mathematician said that he didn’t think things were so bad. After they placed their drink order with the server, the man excused himself to…

# Day: September 17, 2008

## Prime number worth $100K

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation was offering a $100,000 bounty on the first Marsenne prime with over 10 million digits. A Marsenne prime is a prime number of the form . The first 10 million digit prime was discovered on August 23, 2008 by a computer at UCLA. The prime, , has 12,978,189 digits. It was discovered as part…