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Dividing 1 By 998,001 Yields A Strange Decimal

Dividing 1 By 998,001 Yields A Strange Decimal

Math lovers uncovered something strange going on with the number 998,001. If you divide 1 by 998,001, the resulting decimal number will give you almost every three digit number. For example, the decimal starts as follows: 0.000001002003004005006... and so on. However, one three digit number gets skipped. Watch the video below to learn which one gets shafted.

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998,001 And Its Mysterious Recurring Decimals

The decimal has every three digit number... except for one.

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The Number 255... And Pac-Man

How does this number relate to the nostalgic arcade game?

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The Largest Prime Number Ever

It's known as M74207281.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. As of January 2016, the largest prime number ever found is 2^74,207,281-1. 00:11

  2. The largest prime number ever found is known as M74207281. 02:15

  3. Searching for prime numbers is a great way to stress test modern computer hardware to help develop cutting-edge computers. 11:34

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