13.30 Talk: Primegrid: Join in the search for a world record prime number
PrimeGrid is a volunteer computing project that gives participants the chance to be the discoverer of a new world record prime number! In addition, we are working towards the solution of several mathematical problems which have remained unsolved for over 50 years. The talk will cover some basic facts about prime numbers, the history of the search for large primes (and a little of the maths!), and show the audience how they can use their computers to join PrimeGrid and find new primes of their own.
Participants: Iain Bethune
Organised by: PrimeGrid, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Free: Booking required. To book, please visit http://britishsciencefestival.eventbrite.co.uk/ 
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Saturday, 7 September, 2013
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By the time of the BSF, we will have caught up and overtaken the GIMPS project, current holders of the largest known prime number. By September there is a chance we will have discovered a new record prime!