Postal Meter Strip Announcing a Mersenne Prime

Postal Meter Strip Announcing a Mersenne Prime

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Computing devices have long influenced the development of number theory, including the discovery of prime numbers. This postal meter strip is an example of the imprint used by the Mathematics Department at the University of Illinois to announce the discovery there of a new Mersenne prime. This particular postal meter strip example was never used in the mail.
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Object Name
Postal Meter Strip
date made
place made
United States: Illinois, Urbana
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall:.1 cm x 10.6 cm x 3.4 cm; 1/32 in x 4 3/16 in x 1 11/32 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Prof. Paul T. Bateman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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