Beyond a ZillionDate: 8/29/96 at 20:57:31 From: Anonymous Subject: Beyond a Zillion What is the next set of numbers after the ZILLIONS? Thanks Date: 8/30/96 at 13:47:7 From: Doctor Tom Subject: Re: Beyond a Zillion There is no such number as a "zillion". It is basically slang, and indicates a very large (unspecified) number. There are names for numbers up to about 10^63, I think, but they're rarely used. Here's how the sequence starts (in the United States; British use different names): 1,000 thousand 1,000,000 million 1,000,000,000 billion 1,000,000,000,000 trillion 1,000,000,000,000,000 quadrillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 quintillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 sextillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 septillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 octillion and so on. "vigintillion" is 1 with 63 zeroes after it. Some people use the word "googol" (no fooling) to mean the number 1 with 100 zeroes after it. And a "googol-plex" is a 1 with a googol zeroes after it -- a VERY large number. Here's a Web page that lists the names of some very large numbers: http://www.marin.cc.ca.us/~jerome/ma02002.htm -Doctor Tom, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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