The Legacy of Marin Mersenne: The Search for Primal Order and the Mentoring of Young Minds
April 2005, Volume 98, Issue 8, Page 525
The pivotal roles that Marin Mersenne played as a recreational mathematician in search of prime number patterns and as a mentor to young mathematicians and scientists. His work is used as an example for today's mathematics teachers in encouraging students to work together and creating environments that foster success for individuals and groups of students. Discusses Mersenne's role in finding large prime numbers and how computers are used to find them now.
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