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|The American mathematician Edward Kasner once asked his nine-year-old nephew to invent a name for a very large number, ten to the power of one hundred; and the boy called it a googol. He thought this was a number to overflow people's minds, being bigger than anything than can ever be put into words. Another mathematician then shot back with googolplex, and defined it to be 10 to the power of googol. Print a googol, see, compile, and run a C++ program for generating it. Also links to other big numbers: prime numbers, factorials, pi and friends, and Graham's Number and the Moser.|
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