Congratulations are certainly in order to the Central Missouri State University team that verified the largest known Mersenne prime number, as reported in The Star (01/04, Metro).
This is extremely exciting to me, especially coming on the heels of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Steven Hofmann’s recent proof of Kato’s conjecture last week. Who knew Missouri was such a hotbed of math expertise?
However, to set the record straight, prime numbers are like potato chips, in that there is an infinite number of them. The Mersenne number verified by the CMSU team is neither the largest prime nor the largest Mersenne prime. It is only the largest currently known Mersenne prime number.