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There’s a New Largest-Known Prime Number, and It’s 17 Million Digits Long

Quick! What's the largest prime number you can think of? Is it millions of digits long? If it isn't then you're nowhere near the new largest-known prime number. Euclid proved centuries ago that there is an infinite number of primes, but no one's ever found a formula to find them, so the process of seeking them out in numbers so large is a tedious one. So tedious that it's taken four years to beat the previous largest-known prime.

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