## Thursday, May 23, 2013

### Belgian Mathematician Wins Abel Prize for Shaping Algebraic Geometry

Pierre Deligne netted the prize, one of the most prestigious in mathematics and worth about $1 million, for proving a deep conjecture about algebraic geometry which has helped to transform number theory and related fields.
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## Monday, May 06, 2013

### Kenneth I. Appel, Mathematician Who Harnessed Computer Power, Dies at 80

Kenneth I. Appel, who helped usher the venerable mathematical proof into the computer age, solving a longstanding problem concerning colors on a map with the help of an I.B.M. computer making billions of decisions, died on April 19 in Dover, N.H. He was 80.

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## Wednesday, February 06, 2013

### 48th Known Mersenne Prime Found!

On January 25th, the largest known prime number, 2

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^{57,885,161}-1, was discovered on Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) volunteer Curtis Cooper's computer. The new prime number, 2 multiplied by itself 57,885,161 times, less one, has 17,425,170 digits.Click here for more information.

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