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Old 2020-10-21, 09:23   #1
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Default 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:
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Old 2020-10-21, 09:49   #2
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From the last prime press release:

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."
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Old 2020-10-21, 10:58   #3
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From the link in the post #1: "It was discovered as part of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), a group that does exactly what its name implies."

Which name?
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Old 2020-10-21, 12:43   #4
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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.
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