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Old 2008-09-30, 17:09   #848
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"A group of mathematicians have discovered the largest prime number, which has 13 million digits."
Euclid rolls in his grave...
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Old 2008-09-30, 17:58   #849
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"A group of mathematicians have discovered the largest prime number, which has 13 million digits."
Euclid rolls in his grave...
Leaving out "known" between "largest" and "prime" reminds me of leaving out the adjective "other" in cases like:

BrandX sedan gets better gas mileage than any car in its class. (instead of "... any other car in its class.")

Candidate XYZ has fewer minuses than any candidate in the race. (instead of "... any other candidate in the race.")

Alaska has more land area than any US state. (instead of "... any other US state.")

Furthermore, each of those examples, like Letterman's statement, ignores potential future developments, so that one could argue for the inclusion of "known" in each of the above examples:

BrandZ may start marketing a sedan which is in the same class as BrandX sedan but has even better gas mileage.

Candidate VWU may enter the race tomorrow, campaigning for write-in votes on the basis that s/he has even fewer minuses than Candidate XYZ.

The US might annex Canada in the far future, then admit it as a state.

Next Tuesday GIMPS may get a report of a 14-million-digit Mersenne prime.

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Old 2008-09-30, 18:32   #850
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"A group of mathematicians have discovered the largest prime number, which has 13 million digits. Coincidentally, that is the price tag on the Federal bailout."
One of the local radio stations mentioned the discovery yesterday during their Daily Show-like comedy news segment:

"Recently a group at UCLA discovered a 13 million digit prime number. This just goes to show what you can accomplish when you put your mind to something... and not have any sex!"
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Old 2008-10-01, 00:33   #851
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"A group of mathematicians have discovered the largest prime number, which has 13 million digits. Coincidentally, that is the price tag on the Federal bailout."
Lol, more exactly for those that haven't seen it he said "discovered the largest prime number - it has 13 million digits, and guess what these guys are all single - there ya go girls!!!" (then the federal bailout gag)

So not so different from Jeff's local station then.
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Old 2008-10-01, 06:00   #852
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Lol, more exactly for those that haven't seen it he said "discovered the largest prime number - it has 13 million digits, and guess what these guys are all single - there ya go girls!!!" (then the federal bailout gag)

So not so different from Jeff's local station then.
"But... It's unfathomable, it's incomprehensible, 13 million digits and coincidentally that's the price tag of the federal bailout. Did you know that?"

He was off by 21,811 digits with the new prime and 12,999,991 digits with the federal bailout.
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Old 2008-10-01, 15:36   #853
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Old 2008-10-01, 20:41   #854
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Something like this is needed for people to understand the size of M45 and M46 - http://xkcd.com/482/

Not just numbers, or worse yet - feeble attempts to explain by comparison to the Federal bailout.
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Old 2008-10-01, 23:06   #855
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Something like this is needed for people to understand the size of M45 and M46 - http://xkcd.com/482/

Not just numbers, or worse yet - feeble attempts to explain by comparison to the Federal bailout.
I think M45 and M46 are outside of our ability to really grasp the notion of how big it is.
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Old 2008-10-01, 23:13   #856
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What is your chart showing, Xyzzy?
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Old 2008-10-01, 23:21   #857
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What is your chart showing, Xyzzy?
Look at the title of the graphic. Mousing over it should do.
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Old 2008-10-01, 23:22   #858
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The bandwidth used by the forum?

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