The Highest Number we Have A Name For

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  1. Ike

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    Sounds stupid, but what is the highest number we have a name for? Hom do you write it?
     
  2. Steve Tannehill

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    Isn't it called a google?

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  3. Ike

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    I've heard of a google. I figured there was something higher I'd not heard of.
     
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    It's either a googol or googolplex.

    googol / googolplex googol: 10 100 , or 1 followed by 100 zeros.
     
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    googleplex plus one
     
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    If you don't add whatever million or billion to it the largest named number is googolplex (notice the correct spelling). Googol is 10 to the power of 100. Googolplex is 10 to the power of googol. I think I heard Carl Sagan or someone discussing it and I believe they said its kind of a useless number because it is greater than the number of atoms that are estimated to exist the entire universe. A good googolplex reference in the movies: In BTTF3, Doc Brown thinks he's lost Mary Steenburgen's character forever and lament's "She's one in a googolplex."
     
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    Its googleplex, which is One, plus a google of Zeroes
     
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    10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,
    000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,00 0,000,
    000,000,000,000,000 = Googolplex [​IMG]
     
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    Sean - That's a googol, not a googolplex. If you began to right out a googolplex you would never finish it.

    Rob has it right.
     
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    Okay a Googol it is. Still a lot of zero's.
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but infinity is bigger than a googleplex. [​IMG]
     
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    Infinity is a concept, not a number.
     
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    The general consensus is that the googolplex is the largest named number. However, I found this using a Google search (Get it!?)
    From http://www.sover.net/~starbase/AnsNumbers.htm --
     
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    I recall reading in the Guiness Book of World Records several years ago that the largest named number is 'centillion', which is a one followed by 600 zeros.

    'course, you could always cite a centillion and one...

    ...or, a centillion and two...

    ...or....well...nevermind.

    Jon
     
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    Here's a better question: What is the largest number that quantifies something that actually exists and is measurable? It seems to me that a google is such a large number that it's possible there's no use for it (like Carl Sagan said).
     
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    My local multi-screen theater is called The Googolplex. I guess that explains the tiny screens.
     
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    Steve,

    I would be willing to bet that the entire blizzard that hit the Buffalo, NY area last week contained at least a Googol of individual snowflakes.
     
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