Date: 06/01/99 at 20:24:51 From: Steve Subject: Largest Significant Number In my honors Algebra II class at my school the teacher assigned an extra credit problem worth a lot of points if we can name the world's largest significant number. Can you help me?
Date: 06/02/99 at 12:41:55 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Largest Significant Number Hi, Steve. I believe that by "significant" you mean a number that has an actual use. I have read somewhere (possibly in The Book of Numbers, by Conway and Guy) that there is a "largest number that arose in the course of a genuine proof," and I think it is probably "Graham's Number," described here by Susan Stepney in her collection of Factoids: Graham's number http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~susan/cyc/g/graham.htm - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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