Re: meganumbers (was Re: Base 8 counting in Gevey)
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 1, 2001, 18:12|
> Lego's largest number (so far) is [spellings are tentative]:
> _googolplex_ (or hectoplexplex, 10 to 1,000th, I think)
Seeing that the English "googolplex" means "ten to the googolth power" (aka
"10^(10^100)"), I suspect that it's rather more ...
> smallest, "practical" #: _yocto_ (1/septillionth)
DAMN those American -illions! An American "septillion" is damn-well-nigh
NOTHING compared to what I associate with the word (namely a million to the
seventh power, or 10^42).
The worst thing is that since American "billion" (=10^9) is frequently
translated into Swedish as "biljon" (normally =10^12), the Swedish word may
well effectively change meaning, confusing heaps of people in the process.
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