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piforbreakfast 2020-10-21 09:23

Who is actually credited with "discovering" a new prime number?
Given the number of contributors whose efforts are involved in finding new primes, which contributor at which stage would be considered the "discoverer"? This article is what got me wondering:


ATH 2020-10-21 09:49

From the last prime press release:

[QUOTE]Credit for this prime goes not only to Patrick Laroche for running the Prime95 software, Woltman for writing the software, Blosser for maintaining the Primenet server, but also the thousands of GIMPS volunteers that sifted through millions of non-prime candidates. In recognition of all the above people, official credit for this discovery goes to "P. Laroche, G. Woltman, A. Blosser, et al."[/QUOTE]


Viliam Furik 2020-10-21 10:58

From the link in the post #1: "[I]It was discovered as part of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), a group that does exactly what its name implies.[/I]"

Which name? :big grin:

Uncwilly 2020-10-21 12:43

Other teams searching for Mersenne Primes also gave credit to the team, even if one of them was the first to look at the print out or was the only one running the machine at that moment.

ZFR 2020-12-08 11:35

[QUOTE]According to GIMP, that’s big enough to fill an entire shelf of books totalling 9,000 pages. Or put another way, “If every second you were to write five digits to an inch then 54 days later you’d have a number stretching over 73 miles (118 km)—almost 3 miles (5 km) longer than the previous record prime,” writes GIMP.[/QUOTE]

I really wish people wouldn't refer to GIMPS as "GIMP"

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