*by David Harvey
with apologies to Billy Joel*

Whoah, oh, oh, oh

For the largest prime

Whoah, oh, oh

For the largestI discovered something big tonight

I don't think that Euclid's proof is right

What else could I do?

I had to show it's not true,

So now I'm searching for the largest prime.Once I thought that primes went on and on,

Now I know for certain that it's wrong

So if you tell me,

Primes go on to infinity,

I tell you I can find the largest prime.Whoah, oh, oh, oh

For the largest prime

Whoah, oh, oh

For the largestGot some friends who'd help to prove me right,

Blackboard calculations day and night

We took no chances,

Didn't want to get wrong answers,

Coz then we'd never find the largest prime.We wrote down every number we could find

We wrote really small

It took us a while

When we finished, we were so surprised,

They all factorised,

Even the big onesWho knows how much further they'll go on

Should I do this with a Pentium?

It's a gut feeling,

The set of primes, it has a ceiling,

I'm sure that we can find the largest prime.I had second thoughts at the start,

My logic, it seemed

To fall right apart.

All the time my work was criticised,

I was despised

And I'd never get published.I don't care what consequence it brings,

Implications for sets and groups and rings,

It's kind of eerie,

This holy grail of number theory,

I know that we can find the largest prime.Whoah, oh, oh, oh

For the largest prime

Whoah, oh, oh

For the largest prime.