General Science, Mathematics, and Technology


How large is agoogol?

A googol is 10100 (the number 1 followed by 100 zeros). Unlike most other names for numbers, it does not relate to any other numbering scale. The American mathematician Edward Kasner (1878–1955) first used the term in 1938; when searching for a term for this large number, Kasner asked his nephew, Milton Sirotta (1911–1981), then about nine years old, to suggest a name. The googolplex is 10 followed by a googol of zeros, represented as 10googol. The popular Web search engine is named after the concept of a googol.


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