[rc5] messerene primes

Robert N. Waybright neilw1 at home.com
Wed Oct 1 00:23:51 EDT 1997

Mersenne primes have some interesting properties relating to "perfect numbers", and better knowledge about prime number distribution has some applications in cryptography, cryptanalysis,  and number theory.  There may be other applications of which I am unaware.

From:  Christiaan[SMTP:cstoudt at earthlink.net]
Subject:  [rc5] messerene primes
I do have one question though..
what is the use of discovering messerene primes ??? How do they relate 
anymore to scientific data? Or is it just like trying to find out how long 
PI can become if keep going after the decimal.

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