Is there any point to find­ing ever-big­ger prime num­bers?

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q&A -

On 26 De­cem­ber 2017, the largest prime num­ber yet found – code-named M77232917 and over 23 mil­lion dig­its long – was un­cov­ered by a mem­ber of a global team of com­puter en­thu­si­asts. But apart from brief fame and a cheque for $3,000, there seems lit­tle point, as even the An­cient Greeks knew that there’s an in­fi­nite num­ber of the things. The only real prac­ti­cal value comes from us­ing the search al­go­rithms to give new com­puter hard­ware a work­out. RM

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