## prime number

*257,885,161-1*. This massive 17,425,170 digit number was discovered thanks to clever distributed computing software that uses idle computer time donated by volunteers.

**Julian Havil**looks at a little-known algorithm that sieves out all primes up to a given number, and which is astonishing in its simplicity.

**Abigail Kirk**investigates a method that does just that.

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The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search strikes again

**Phil Wilson**, why should this be? Is mathematics a universal truth, and how would we tell?