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Googolplex

The largest number with a word naming it is a “googolplex.” This is the equivalent of 10 to the power of a googol—or 10 to the power of 10100.   The term googol was coined in 1938 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, the nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner.  Kasner then extended the name to this larger [...]

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How big will big be? How small will small be?

At the very end of the Powers of Ten film, one hears the voice of Phil Morrison (who was lauded Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT) sum up the distance covered in the film from the smallest known particle to the furthest edges of space as a one with 40 zeroes (10+40) meters.  Since the [...]

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