Word of the Day : October 23, 2015

googol

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noun GOO-goll

Definition

: 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.


Examples

In January 1997, astronomers Fred Adams and Gregory Laughlin predicted that the universe would end in a number of years equal to approximately one googol.

"Google spits out massive amounts of information. Even the name Google, a misspelling of 'googol'— the number one followed by 100 zeros—is innuendo, delivering a promise of massive amounts of results with each search." — Alexis Sobel Fitts, The Huffington Post, 25 Aug. 2015



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