Saturday, April 29, 2006

No Prime Like The Present

What ... that's you? Oh, sorry. I've just been over at The Prime Pages It's the webs best resource for prime-number related information. Yes, sir, if you want to find out all about numbers that are only divisible by one and themselves, this is the website for you.

For instance, did you know that 'as of December 2003,
34*R(36400)-42000040044444004000024*10^2264*R(36400)/R(4550)-1 was the largest known palindromic prime, all of whose decimal digits are prime'?

Me too! And there's much more where that came from.

I'm composing an ode to a prime number at the moment. I'm giving it the working title, 'It had to be ninety-nine million, eight hundred and four thousand, two hundred and seventen.' Here's how it goes so far:

It had to be 99,804,217,
Wonderful 99,804,217,
It had to be 99,804,217.

It's not bad, but I think it lacks something. What do you think?

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