I attended Shahriar Shahriari’s MAA Minicourse Beyond Formulas and Algorithms: Teaching a Conceptual/thematics Single Variable Calculus Course at the 2008 Joint Mathematics Meeting. He talked about having his calculus students derive the prime number theorem. Recall that the prime number theorem states that if is the number of primes less than or equal to ,…

# Tag: prime

## 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…