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Jamie D:
I am fascinated by numbers.  Rational, irrational, complex, imaginary - doesn't matter.

And how numbers work.  For me it is strange magic.  So let's talk about numbers.

Topic 1:  What the hell is a "googol"?  and what does it mean to me?

Simply put, a googol is a very large number.  Very large.   :o  To whit ... 10100 ... or ten to the hundredth power.

10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

(I counted all those zeros too!)

Interestingly, the name of this value came from a 9-year old boy named Milton.  Is suppose calling it a "Milton" was out of the question, and terrifically egotistical for a young boy.  (Though, I am still trying to find out who Avogadro was.)  Milton Sirotta's uncle was actually a mathematician of note, so Milton has become an important answer in any game of geek trivia.

It has no particular use, except perhaps in Scrabble.  But it does have a legacy.  When trying to think up a name for their new company, in 2006, the founders of the company mistakenly registered it as Google!  I guess they had the last laugh.

Devlyn:
Better count 'em again! I just took one out. Maybe I didn't.  <running away>

Kia:

--- Quote from: Jamie D on August 28, 2013, 06:56:20 am ---I am fascinated by numbers.  Rational, irrational, complex, imaginary - doesn't matter.

And how numbers work.  For me it is strange magic.  So let's talk about numbers.

Topic 1:  What the hell is a "googol"?  and what does it mean to me?

Simply put, a googol is a very large number.  Very large.   :o  To whit ... 10100 ... or ten to the hundredth power.

10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

(I counted all those zeros too!)

Interestingly, the name of this value came from a 9-year old boy named Milton.  Is suppose calling it a "Milton" was out of the question, and terrifically egotistical for a young boy.  (Though, I am still trying to find out who Avogadro was.)  Milton Sirotta's uncle was actually a mathematician of note, so Milton has become an important answer in any game of geek trivia.

It has no particular use, except perhaps in Scrabble.  But it does have a legacy.  When trying to think up a name for their new company, in 2006, the founders of the company mistakenly registered it as Google!  I guess they had the last laugh.

--- End quote ---

They should have definitely called it a Milton, that would be great. Also 'googol' reminds me of the Russian writer Gogol, coincidence? probably.

Are you familiar with Vi Hart? She has some great youtube videos on wacky and strange maths

Danielle Emmalee:

--- Quote from: Jamie D on August 28, 2013, 06:56:20 am ---I am fascinated by numbers.  Rational, irrational, complex, imaginary - doesn't matter.

And how numbers work.  For me it is strange magic.  So let's talk about numbers.

Topic 1:  What the hell is a "googol"?  and what does it mean to me?

Simply put, a googol is a very large number.  Very large.   :o  To whit ... 10100 ... or ten to the hundredth power.

10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

(I counted all those zeros too!)

Interestingly, the name of this value came from a 9-year old boy named Milton.  Is suppose calling it a "Milton" was out of the question, and terrifically egotistical for a young boy.  (Though, I am still trying to find out who Avogadro was.)  Milton Sirotta's uncle was actually a mathematician of note, so Milton has become an important answer in any game of geek trivia.

It has no particular use, except perhaps in Scrabble.  But it does have a legacy.  When trying to think up a name for their new company, in 2006, the founders of the company mistakenly registered it as Google!  I guess they had the last laugh.

--- End quote ---

I like the googolplex, if you type it out in 1-point font and print it out it would fill up the observable universe 4*1069 times.  Not to mention it would take almost a googol times the age of the universe to type it out.  But it can be simply written as 10googol

Jamie D:

--- Quote from: Kia on August 28, 2013, 01:20:43 pm ---They should have definitely called it a Milton, that would be great. Also 'googol' reminds me of the Russian writer Gogol, coincidence? probably.

Are you familiar with Vi Hart? She has some great youtube videos on wacky and strange maths

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No I wasn't.  Thank you for the reference.  Perhaps we can post some of her stuff here.

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