# Mathematics Weblog

## GIMPS

Sunday 1 February 2004 at 1:57 pm | In Articles | Post CommentThe Great International Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) wants you to help in their search for Mersenne primes. These are prime numbers of the form (where *p* is itself a prime) and they can be found by anyone! The largest was found last November by a student. It has 6,320,430 decimal digits.

You could win fame and fortune so go along to http://www.mersenne.org/prime.htm where it says:

“*You could discover one of the most coveted finds in all of Mathematics – a new Mersenne prime number. We’ve **found six** already. Join in on this fun, yet serious research project. All you need is a personal computer, patience, and a lot of luck.*

*In addition to the joy of making a mathematical discovery, you might win some cash. The *

*Electronic Frontier Foundation*

*is offering a*

*$100,000 award*

*to the first person or group to discover a ten million digit prime number! See how*

*GIMPS will distribute this award*

*if we are lucky enough to find a ten million digit prime.*“

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