The Guardian newspaper has reported that a new prime number has been recently discovered. The new prime number is equal to two to the power of 77,232,917 and subtracting one.
The mathematics of prime numbers is taught in the first year module called: Mathematical Reasoning. Apart from the fundemental aspects of prime nunber to numbers, they are crucial to crystallography, and hence are important for national security and the internet.
A brief overview of the contents of the module are:
This module introduces the basic reasoning skills needed to develop and apply mathematical ideas. Clear logical thinking is central to the understanding of mathematics. The module explores fundamental properties of prime numbers, their random generation and use in modern cryptography.