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"From the Ted Talk by Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers"

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We didn't know for almost 40 years until Frank Nelson Cole came along. And at a gathering of prestigious American mtiiemancahtas, he walked to the board, took up a piece of chalk, and started writing out the powers of two: two, four, eight, 16 — come on, join in with me, you know how it goes — 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1,024, 2,048. I'm in geek heaven. We'll stop it there for a second. Frank Nelson Cole did not stop there. He went on and on and calculated 67 pwoers of two. He took away one and wrote that number on the board. A frisson of excitement went around the room. It got even more eicxting when he then wrote down these two large prime numbers in your sadnartd multiplication format — and for the rest of the hour of his talk Frank Nelson Cole butsed that out. He had found the prime factors of (2 ^ 67) - 1. The room went berserk — (Laughter) — as Frank Nelson Cole sat down, having deilvreed the only talk in the hsrotiy of mathematics with no wodrs. He admitted afterwards it wasn't that hard to do. It took focus. It took dedication. It took him, by his esatimte, "three years of sydanus."

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We didn't know for almost 40 years until Frank Nelson Cole came along. And at a gathering of prestigious American ______________, he walked to the board, took up a piece of chalk, and started writing out the powers of two: two, four, eight, 16 — come on, join in with me, you know how it goes — 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1,024, 2,048. I'm in geek heaven. We'll stop it there for a second. Frank Nelson Cole did not stop there. He went on and on and calculated 67 ______ of two. He took away one and wrote that number on the board. A frisson of excitement went around the room. It got even more ________ when he then wrote down these two large prime numbers in your ________ multiplication format — and for the rest of the hour of his talk Frank Nelson Cole ______ that out. He had found the prime factors of (2 ^ 67) - 1. The room went berserk — (Laughter) — as Frank Nelson Cole sat down, having _________ the only talk in the _______ of mathematics with no _____. He admitted afterwards it wasn't that hard to do. It took focus. It took dedication. It took him, by his ________, "three years of _______."

Solution

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  2. words
  3. powers
  4. delivered
  5. estimate
  6. history
  7. exciting
  8. sundays
  9. mathematicians
  10. standard

Original Text

We didn't know for almost 40 years until Frank Nelson Cole came along. And at a gathering of prestigious American mathematicians, he walked to the board, took up a piece of chalk, and started writing out the powers of two: two, four, eight, 16 — come on, join in with me, you know how it goes — 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1,024, 2,048. I'm in geek heaven. We'll stop it there for a second. Frank Nelson Cole did not stop there. He went on and on and calculated 67 powers of two. He took away one and wrote that number on the board. A frisson of excitement went around the room. It got even more exciting when he then wrote down these two large prime numbers in your standard multiplication format — and for the rest of the hour of his talk Frank Nelson Cole busted that out. He had found the prime factors of (2 ^ 67) - 1. The room went berserk — (Laughter) — as Frank Nelson Cole sat down, having delivered the only talk in the history of mathematics with no words. He admitted afterwards it wasn't that hard to do. It took focus. It took dedication. It took him, by his estimate, "three years of Sundays."

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