1344 is 17 numbers away from the nearest prime number. 17-away is a new record for distance to the closest prime number!

1344 will hold that record until **prime number 2179** claims it with being **18**-away from the nearest prime:

2161–(18 composite numbers)–**2179**–(24 composite numbers)–2203

Stetson.edu mentioned the previous two numbers, 1342 and 1343, breaking the 15-away and the 16 away records respectively, but didn’t mention this one. I guess it considered 1344 being the order of a perfect group to be more important.

Here’s more about the number 1342:

- 1344 is a composite number.
- Prime factorization: 1344 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 3 × 7, which can be written 1344 = 2⁶ × 3 × 7
- 1344 has at least one exponent greater than 1 in its prime factorization so √1344 can be simplified. Taking the factor pair from the factor pair table below with the largest square number factor, we get √1344 = (√64)(√21) = 8√21
- The exponents in the prime factorization are 6, 1 and 1. Adding one to each exponent and multiplying we get (6 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 7 × 2 × 2 = 28. Therefore 1344 has exactly 28 factors.
- The factors of 1344 are outlined with their factor pairs in the graphic below.