What is the Largest Number?
Date: 11/14/95 at 12:22:31 From: "Rebecca J. White" Subject: numbers question Dear Dr. Math, We are a 3/4 class, studying large numbers. We have a question for you. We want to know what the highest number is. Sincerely, Mrs. Stanko's students
Date: 11/14/95 at 20:8:12 From: Doctor Ethan Subject: Re: numbers question Neat Question! I think the reason that you are having trouble finding the answer is because there is no answer. Let's see why. 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) can't be the largest number because 1 billion + 1 is bigger. But that is true for any number you pick. You can pick any big number and I can pick a bigger one just by adding 1 to it. Mathematicians make up a name for the quantity bigger than all the numbers. They call it infinity, but infinity isn't a number, it is just a name for the thing bigger than all numbers. Hope this makes sense to you, -Doctor Ethan, The Geometry Forum
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