Mathematician Makes Astounding Prime Numbers Breakthrough

A partial solution to a centuries-old problem known as the twin prime conjecture now affirms the idea that an infinite number of prime numbers have companions — and that a maximum distance between these pairs does in fact exist. » 5/14/13 8:20am 5/14/13 8:20am

This is the world's largest known prime number

You're looking at the largest prime number ever discovered. That's 257,885,161 – 1, to be exact. If you're looking for the the individual numbers, you'll have to work for it. "Former designer" Philip Bump dissected the prime six digits at a time and converted each chunk into RGB colors. The end result is an image… » 2/20/13 3:20pm 2/20/13 3:20pm

Have mathematicians finally discovered the hidden relationship between…

Okay, math lovers, this is the one you've been waiting for: Shinichi Mochizuki of Kyoto University in Japan is claiming to have found proof (divided into four separate studies with 500+ pages) of the so-called abc conjecture, a longstanding problem in number theory which predicts that a relationship exists between… » 9/11/12 3:20pm 9/11/12 3:20pm

The bizarre mathematical conundrum of Ulam's Spiral

If there's anything we learn from math teachers and the Da Vinci Code, it's that prime numbers are magic. They can do anything, and be anywhere. Including a doodle on a math paper. » 7/07/11 3:00pm 7/07/11 3:00pm

Take a look at the world's oldest mathematical object

Archaeologists have dug up many ancient, notched bones all around the world, but the Ishango bone is different. On it, there are markings that suggest its owners were making the first attempts at actual mathematics. » 6/01/11 7:00am 6/01/11 7:00am