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Published on December 20th, 2013 | by Daphane Ng


The largest number which has served any useful purpose in mathematics.

By Randell Heyman

Since there are an infinite number of counting numbers you can always find one bigger. But what’s the biggest number that has any use? Arguably the most famous mathematician of a century ago thought it arose from a proof about prime numbers.

How did the number come about? And just how big is it?


Randell has an actuarial studies degree and a honours degree in Advanced Mathematics. He is currently completing a Phd in Number Theory at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has lectured and currently tutors first and second year mathematics at UNSW. Randell has also presented interesting and inspiring talks to over 1,000 high school students and adults.

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