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Deacon Uses Church Computer to Find 50th Mersenne Prime Number

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology Forum' started by Jerome, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Jerome

    Jerome Well-Known Member
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    Fourteen-year quest finally bears fruit: deacon started the number crunching in 2003.

    christianchronicle.org/largest-known-prime-number-found-church-computer/

    "Recently, a Tennessee church deacon made a discovery that’s a pretty big deal. How big? Well, it’s a number that’s 23,249,425 digits long....The number was calculated by a computer program running in the offices of the Germantown Church of Christ in Tennessee....'I printed it,' Pace told the Chronicle. 'It took a while.' And a lot of paper — 69 and a half pages of large, 11 by 17-inch sheets, printed in a 2-point font."
     
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    I wonder how much electricity that process consumed?
     
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    John Piper is not amused.

    "Personal computers offer a never-ending possibility for discovery. Even the basic environment of Windows can consume hours and days and weeks of curious punching and experimenting. Color schemes, layouts, screen-savers, short-cuts, icons, file-managing, calculators, clocks, calendars, etc. Then there are the endless software applications consuming weeks of your time as they lure you into their intricacies. All this is very deceptive, giving the illusion of power and effectiveness, but leaving you with a feeling of emptiness and nervousness at the end of the day. RESOLUTION: I will strictly limit my experimental time in the computer and devote myself more to the truth than to technique."

    Five Dangers of Computer Unreality
     
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    Due to the geometric and mathematical nature of the number, I heard that the archangel Metatron was present. :Biggrin
     
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