# Mathematician:Bryant Tuckerman

## Mathematician

American mathematician who discovered, on March 4th, $1971$, the 24th Mersenne prime: $2^{19 \, 937} - 1$.

## Nationality

American

## History

- Born: November 28, 1915
- Died: May 19, 2002

## Theorems and Inventions

- The Tuckerman Traverse: a method for revealing all the faces of a flexagon.
- A member of the team that designed the Data Encryption Standard (DES).

## Publications

- 1983:
*Factorization of $b^n \pm 1, b = 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12$ up to high powers*(*Contemporary Mathematics***Vol. 12**(with John Brillhart, D.H. Lehmer, John L. Selfridge and Samuel S. Wagstaff Jr.)