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Saturday, 4 June 2011
The search for prime numbers has been a constant endeavour for curious minds since ancient times. For centuries, mathematicians have been trying, in vain, to find a formula that generates prime numbers. Mersenne primes are prime numbers of the form
where p is prime. Not all Mersenne numbers are prime. For instance, primes are generated when p = 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13: