Geek Facts for August 23rd – A Big Prime Number and Jaguar

In 2008, 
Edson Smith of the UCLA Mathematics Department announced the discovery of the 45th Mersenne prime number.

Mersenne Prime numbers all take the form of (2 to the power of P) – 1, where P is a known prime number. The Mersenne Prime number discovered by Edson Smith was (2 to the 43,112,609th) – 1, which is 12,978,189 digits long. It was the first Mersenne Prime number to be longer than 10 million digits.

Learn more at http://www.math.ucla.edu/~edson/prime/.

In 2002, Apple Computer launched the Mac OS X 10.2 operating system, Jaguar.

Released at 10:20 PM, Jaguar featured a new Mail application designed to eliminate junk mail, iChat AIM-compatible instant messenger, a system-wide Address Book, Inkwell handwriting recognition and QuickTime® 6 with MPEG-4.

Learn more at http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2002/08/23Jaguar-Unleashed-at-10-20-p-m-Tonight.html\.

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