20081017, 00:52  #1 
Oct 2008
n00bville
2^{5}·23 Posts 
Searching for m. primes is like playing lottery
Searching for primes is like playing lottery ... a lot of fun and excitement :).
Never thought it would be that way ... 
20081110, 15:19  #2 
Nov 2008
4_{8} Posts 
but is a better change to find one mersenne prime than getting the lottojackpot

20081117, 15:33  #3 
Nov 2008
2·3^{3}·43 Posts 
If you're a mathematician, you should know that a lottery is effectively a tax on people who are bad at maths.

20081117, 17:04  #4  
Apr 2008
Regensburg..^~^..Plzeň
125_{8} Posts 
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I wouldn't personally compare finding a mersenne prime to a lottery though since someone who would live long enough (eternal) could conceivably discover all primes mersenne or otherwise so the gimps project is an entity which will hopefully exist longer than most humans and effectively beginning since the dawn of creation has at least 7000+ years under its' belt has indeed. The difference is that in recent centuries beginning with more modern mathematicians like Euler and some earlier like Archimedes and Pythagorus and their interests in perfect numbers has made discovering very large Mersenne's feasible. Thanks to Fr. Mersennes and other researchers Christian tenacity the science has been more continuous than in previous millennea. Having a finite beginning limits our ability to discover an infinite number of primes at anytime but doesn't limit the possibility of finding another. nelson 

20081117, 18:07  #5  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
16530_{8} Posts 
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realize that different people have different economic utility functions and that the utility of winning a large amount of money more than compensates for the small expected value loss. 

20081117, 18:30  #6 
Nov 2008
2322_{10} Posts 
I'm not that sort of person though. That was just a joke.

20081118, 13:59  #7 
Tribal Bullet
Oct 2004
3·1,187 Posts 
I used to think the lottery was a tax on innumeracy, but now I think it's even worse: a tax on daydreaming.

20081118, 17:42  #8 
Nov 2008
100100010010_{2} Posts 
It's both of those.

20081124, 10:02  #9 
Oct 2005
Fribourg, Switzerlan
2^{2}·3^{2}·7 Posts 

20090104, 05:15  #10  
Oct 2008
n00bville
2^{5}×23 Posts 
Quote:
A mathematician would just say it isn´t impossible (but not probable) to win. An economist would say that the risk management doesn´t suggest to play lottery. Btw. if you compare your electric bill for your four (or more) prime95 threads (runing 7/24) with the costs of playing lottery they aren´t that different. You are only getting a "profit" if you´re idealistic and/or you want to get famous . Anyway, I play lottery ... only a field to get the chance to win. But of course its not an investment with a steady profit. Last fiddled with by joblack on 20090104 at 05:17 

20090104, 05:16  #11 
Oct 2008
n00bville
2^{5}·23 Posts 
You can play lottery for free for instance under lotty.de or millionenklick.web.de  both with a jackpot about 1 MegaEuro.

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