**prime number**

n.

A positive integer not divisible without a remainder by
any positive integer other than itself and one.

**A Mersenne prime is a prime number that is expressed as one less
than a prime power of two. Ex: ****2**^{5}
− 1 = 32 - 1 = 31, a prime number.

**Now with that out of the way there is an infinite
amount of prime numbers, the challenge is finding them but if you're up to the
task visit the GIMPS
(Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search) website and you could lay claim to
$100,000.00 USD.**

**The
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is offering $100,000.00 to whomever finds
the first prime number with at least 10,000,000 decimal digits and $250,000.00
to whomever finds the first prime number with at least 1,000,000,000 decimal
digits.**

**So back to the
world's longest prime number found to date; on September 04, 2006 Dr. Curtis
Cooper and Dr. Steven Boone's CMSU team found the new longest prime; 2**^{32,582,657}-1
which comes in just short of the
**10,000,000 decimal digit mark at **
9,808,358
digits.**
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