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40th Known Mersenne Prime Found!!

On November 17, 2003 Michael Shafer's computer found the 40th known Mersenne prime, 220,996,011-1! This number "weighs in" at a whopping 6,320,430 decimal digits! This is also the largest known prime number, surpassing GIMPS' last discovery by over 2 million digits.

Mr. Shafer is a chemical engineering graduate student at Michigan State University.

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