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Google was (supposedly) named after the googol (a hundred billion billion). I always thought this was the largest named number. But apparently there is a larger named number, which is the googolplex (1 followed by a billion billion zeros).
Googol - Google
Googolplex - Googleplex
I didn't know this but it may be common knowledge to everyone else. But I thought it has a decent symmetry to it.
. . . the googol (a hundred billion billion) . . . the googolplex (1 followed by a billion billion zeros).
Neither of these is true; and both numbers are far bigger. A googol is 10100, or 1 followed by 100 zeros. It looks like this:
A googleplex is 10googol, or 1 followed by a googol of zeros. This is a huge number (not just twice the length of the one above). By comparison, a hundred billion billion is a paltry 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 in the US or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 in Europe and "1 followed by a billion billion zeros" would be 10,000 times smaller than a googleplex even if you took the European definition and multiplied it by itself four times (raised it to the power of 4).
The two numbers were given their names by the nephew of mathematician Dr Edward Kasner, who wanted to make the point that even a very very big finite number (such as a googleplex) is not infinite.
It has a downloadable program which will print a googleplex for you. But make sure to read the page first, because you're going to have to
a) live a very long time and
b) buy a new PC to use in the meantime.
Here's how it is:
- A Googol is 10^100, or 1 followed by 100 zeros.
- Googolplex (not Googleplex) is the number 10 raised to the power of a Googol (1 followed by a Googol, 10^100, zeros.)
- 100 billion billion (European) = 100 * 1e12 * 1e12 = 1e26, times itself four times = 1e26^4 = 1e104. (If this is what you meant, EBear?)
- 1e104, is 1 with 104 zeros after it, whereas a Googolplex is 1 with a GOOGOL ZEROS after it. There are not even a Googol atoms in the universe. A Googol is surely far greater than 10,000 times the count of 104.
Forget it.... I'll just make a site like the original Google itself used to be (get a laugh out of this)!
I was fascinated by numbers as a wee one, and having my dad explain what a googol was kept me occupied for hours thinking of how big that was. I once tried to count to a million. I made it to about four thousand before I gave in and ate a sandwich.
I agree with Chundra ...I've seen the videos in "slomo" ..for me he's legit ....
And as one who was forced to learn cricket in skool ( wher I didn't learn grammuh) ..I never could understand why we couldn't "chuck" the ball anyway ( which I repeat IMHO he doesn't ) ....
Either you want the ball to hit the bails or you dont ..insisting that it get there via a totally unatural arm action which actually reduces the possible accuracy and velocity is again IMHO perverse and typical of the English public skool system ...world view ... ; )
Ps ..before you start ...
I'm Irish educated in England in a "Harry Potter" type skool ....