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Old 2003-12-14, 12:16   #1
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Shouldn't it be GIMPS Finding the 6 Largest Known Primes?

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Old 2003-12-14, 14:51   #2
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Another thing to add to this thread...
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Old 2003-12-14, 17:57   #3
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Shouldn't it be GIMPS Finding the 6 Largest Known Primes?
No, because a couple of years ago someone found a non-Mersenne prime larger than GIMPS's first discovery. That is, as of today the sixth largest now-known prime is a non-Mersenne and was not discovered by GIMPS.

Each of the six times GIMPS has found a new Mersenne prime, it has been the largest known prime as of its date of discovery. So in that sense, GIMPS has found 6 "Largest Known Prime"s. But the wording "...the 6 Largest Known Primes" seems to require referring to the current list of six largest primes, which would include that largest known non-Mersenne prime that was not GIMPS's discovery.

So, actually our "Finding the 5 Largest Known Primes" slogan has been factually incorrect for a while, and has only just been restored to correctness by M40. (I think George and Scott never changed the 5 to a 4 because they hoped to find another record prime quickly and didn't want to go through the hassle of changing the 4 back to a 5 then.)

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Old 2003-12-14, 18:21   #4
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Correction to my preceding posting:

According to Chris Caldwell's list of hundred largest known primes at http://primes.utm.edu/primes/search.php?Number=100 there are currently seven known non-Mersenne primes that are larger than GIMPS's first discovery (six additions since I last looked -- I shoulda looked before posting), and they have all been discovered in 2003. So GIMPS has found what are currently the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and thirteenth largest primes.

And it looks like we'll lose fourth and fifth places soon.

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Old 2003-12-16, 21:17   #5
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Sure enough, looks like Seventeen or Bust's latest discovery is the fourth-largest now-known prime, so GIMPS's primes are now first, second, third, fifth, sixth, and (AFAIK) 14th in size.
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Old 2003-12-16, 21:25   #6
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GIMPS's primes are now first, second, third, fifth, sixth, and (AFAIK) 14th in size.
Oh no! Everyone hurry up and find some more primes!!
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Prehaps wording such as "Finding 6 world record largest primes" or "The world leader in record primes" (I know that is not quite "right", who ever figured that 2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,,,101 is prob. the leader).

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Old 2003-12-17, 00:28   #8
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Prehaps wording such as "Finding 6 world record largest primes" or "The world leader in record primes" (I know that is not quite "right", who ever figured that 2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,,,101 is prob. the leader).
Not in record primes. WE are the leader there. Maybe "Finding 6 record-size primes" or just fix what we already have, "Finding the 3 largest known primes". The bigger the number, the more of an impact it will have though.

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Old 2003-12-17, 01:30   #9
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Anyone want to change that .gif file for me? And no I don't remember what font I used.

Finding the last 6 world record primes

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Finding 6 world record primes

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something else

I suppose shorter is better so that it fits on low res screens
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Here is an updated version I put together with "Finding 6 World Record Primes!". It fits the original web page , so all you have to do is replace the old one with this one .
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Old 2003-12-17, 03:37   #11
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Very nice, however, you might want to use the same font as the other banners just for consistency. By inspection, the old font was Ariel, and the font you used is Times New Roman.
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