Ancient Christian theologians and Iron Maiden fans certainly have their disagreements, but they can agree on one thing: the number of the beast. Both the 1982 heavy metal anthem and the Book of Revelations claim that the number 666 foretells the apocalypse. But mathematicians — especially number theorists — have their own number of the beast. Prime number, that is. It's called Belphegor's Prime, and its sheer size puts the original number to shame.
What Is Belphegor's Prime?
What Makes 666 So Special?
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Written by Austin Jesse Mitchell March 8, 2019
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