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February 6, 2013 5:04 PM

University of Central Missouri finds the largest known prime number

It could be a never-ending race, this Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, known as GIMPS. But as of Wednesday, a professor at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg has the lead. Curtis Cooper, a professor of computer science there, has made the most recent discovery of the world’s largest known prime number.

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