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# googol

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noun goo·gol \ˈgü-ˌgȯl\

## Definition of googol

1. :  the figure 1 followed by 100 zeros equal to 10100

## Did You Know?

Around 1930, American mathematician Edward Kasner found himself working with numbers as large as 10 to the 100th power - that's a one followed by 100 zeroes. While it is possible to write that number using standard scientific notation, Dr. Kasner felt that it deserved a name of its own. According to his own account, Dr. Kasner asked his nine-year-old nephew, Milton Sirotta, to pick a name, promising the boy that he would use the word in the future. Milton made up the word googol, and so the enormous number was christened. Dr. Kasner kept his promise, and the word has spread and been widely adopted by mathematicians and the general public alike.

## Origin and Etymology of googol

coined by Milton Sirotta b ab 1929 nephew of Edward Kasner †1955 American mathematician

First Known Use: 1938

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