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known facts :

$1.$ There are infinitely many Mersenne numbers : $M_p=2^p-1$

$2.$ Every Mersenne number greater than $7$ is of the form : $6k\cdot p +1$ , where $k$ is an odd number

$3.$ There are infinitely many prime numbers of the form $6n+1$ , where $n$ is an odd number

$4.$ If $p$ is prime number of the form $4k+3$ and if $2p+1$ is prime number then $M_p$ is composite

What else one can include in this list above in order to prove (or disprove) that there are infinitely many Mersenne primes ?

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Do you know about the LPW conjecture? –  J. M. Dec 8 '11 at 8:18
    
@J.M.,Interesting,but it isn't fact,it is conjecture... –  pedja Dec 8 '11 at 8:21
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As far as I know, this is still an open problem. –  InterestedGuest Dec 8 '11 at 8:23
    
Clearly, you missed the point. There's a reason why the infinitude of Mersenne primes remains a conjecture. –  J. M. Dec 8 '11 at 8:30
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No, he's saying we don't know. –  JSchlather Dec 8 '11 at 8:41

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Look at Mersenne conjectures, especially Lenstra–Pomerance–Wagstaff conjecture.

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thanks but my question is about known facts..not about conjectures.. –  pedja Dec 8 '11 at 8:28
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The only known fact is that the number of Mersenne primes is somewhere between 40 and infinity. –  Gerry Myerson Dec 8 '11 at 12:05

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