Math in the News
The Case for Excitement about Prime Numbers
Writing for Slate and in response to the recent discovery of a new largest prime, Konstantin Kakaes of the New America Foundation argues that prime numbers should be celebrated.
Just finding one large prime number is a fun puzzle to have solved, but it doesn't say anything basic about how the world works. The patterns behind the primes, however, both proven patterns and ones only suspected, are the lens through which humanity can apprehend deep and unfamiliar truths about how reality is structured.
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