Primes

So, I’m sitting here scanning my timeline and I see a retweet from Matthew Oldridge.

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.

Thinking prime numbers here …

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, …

But 388879?

I checked back for the user account @_primes_.  It’s here.

The goal is to identify and post every prime number ever.  (Click through and read the bio)

There are some cool things about all this.

First, the bio includes a link to a github project so the Computer Scientist in you can look at code and the project itself.  It includes the rules of the game.

Secondly, it illustrates that it’s cool and OK to do Mathematics things just for fun and just because you can!

Thirdly, it’s interesting that Twitter will be the storage for all of the prime numbers.

Fourthly, they’re all there.  (at least the ones generated so far).  Need a prime number; just go there and grab one.

Fifthly, if you don’t follow Matthew Oldridge on Twitter with an eye towards neat Mathematics things, you need to do so now.

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