Artistic Prime Numbers

This week we posted a video on Numberphile about a very unusual prime number.

In 1996, James McKee was a mathematician departing Trinity Hall, at Cambridge.

Following the tradition of bestowing a farewell gift on the college, McKee devised a prime number with 1350 digits (the college being founded in 1350).

The numbers, when viewed in the configuration below, also depicted the Trinity Hall logo.


Here's the video:


Since it was published, I've seen the following number (I assume prime, I've not checked) which depicts the Hello Internet Nail and Gear logo. It was published on the r/HelloInternet subreddit.

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It has 2014 digits, the year of our first podcast episode.

I also noted this prime (?) on the r/geek subreddit, depicting the reddit alien Snoo.

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And it continues, including here and here.

I think it is becoming bit of a craze!

Here's Matt Parker.


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