quasi wrote: >RichD wrote: >> >>Yesterday, I was on a college shuttle bus. The driver >>was telling a passenger about the alumni donors, that >>you have to give a billion $ to get your name on a >>monument; "Do you know how much is a billion? >>It's about a hundred million" >> >>Are bus drivers allowed to vote? This explains much. > >In the UK, a billion _is_ equal to 100 million. > >In the US, a billion equals 1000 million. > >Perhaps the bus driver had a UK-based education.
Forget what I said above -- I misread a web link. A more careful reading yields:
In the US,
a billion = 10^9 a trillion = 10^12
In the UK (and many other countries),
a billion = 10^12 (1 million squared) a trillion = 10^18 (1 million cubed)