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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Just don't lose count ... 

Some guys with WAY too much time on their hands have discovered the highest prime number yet, a prime number divisible only by itself and one.

It's a big number. It has 9.1 million digits.

I tried to work out how long it would take you to count up to that number.

I allowed a second to enunciate numbers 1-1000, a couple of seconds for 1000-1,000,000, five seconds for a million through to the hundred millions. At this stage we are still talking just nine digits. Multiply that by a million. Five million seconds to read ONLY the VERY last number in the sequence. That's 57.8 days.

That's when I stopped trying to work it out.



is it time for a nap yet? i think so

Comments:
Hey... talking of someone with too much... time on their hands!... 57 days!... that's without sleep!... yikes... 2 months...

Hope you had a lovely xmas... and a fab new year!...
 
Now Kate Bush has done a song using the Pi numbers, this might need her attention :).
 
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