# Pair of Large Twin Primes/Historical Note

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## Historical Note on Pair of Large Twin Primes

David Wells reports in his *Curious and Interesting Numbers* of $1986$ that this pair of twin primes is the largest reported on by Richard K. Guy in his *Unsolved Problems in Number Theory* of $1981$.

It is reported that they were discovered by A.O.L. Atkin and N.W. Rickert in $1979$.

Apparently they also discovered the pair $694\,513\,810 \times 2^{2304} \pm 1$ at around the same time.

## Sources

- 1979: A.O.L. Atkin and N.W. Rickert:
*On a larger pair of twin primes: Abstract 79T-A132*(*Not. Amer. Math. Soc.***Vol. 26**: p. A-373)

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): $2^{2281} - 1$