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#165804 - 02/07/07 05:38 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
olly Offline
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wouldn't it be a lot simpler to just use "googleplex"?




Is that where all the Googlites hang out.


Edited by olly (02/07/07 05:39 PM)

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#165805 - 02/07/07 07:57 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
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Isn't it googolplex?
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#165806 - 02/07/07 10:34 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
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I was going to say Skewes' Number but that turns out to be a lot smaller than originally thought so how about Graham's number?

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#165807 - 02/07/07 11:02 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
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Isn't it googolplex?




The Googleplex is the Google company headquarters, located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California, near San Jose.

The name Googleplex is a play on words, being a combination of the words Google and complex, and a reference to googolplex, the name given to the large number 10^{10^{100}}.
- Wikipedia

-joe (or perhaps it was just a mistake) friday

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#165808 - 02/08/07 08:02 AM Re: intentional provocation
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I seek the most economical way to write an unimaginably large number. For example, how would one write the sum of one centillion (ten to the 303'd) factorial, factorialed that many times over again, etc

Thanks to anyone with a bent for mathematical curiosities




Your OP would have been just as intelligible, and less provocative, without the first paragraph, the example I've cited above. You do this stuff on purpose, don't you, Dale? No wonder you've been kindly invited not to post at some of the other forums you used to pester.

And here I posted a new (to me) neologism URL (WordSpy) to try to give you something to do, but... it seems you have more fun cultivating animosity than discussing words and language [I-give-up]

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#165809 - 02/08/07 08:54 AM Re: Large numbers revisited
TheFallibleFiend Offline
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All very new stuff to me. Thanks, Faldage.
The wiki explanation is a little unclear.
I'm not sure, but I think Dale's number is bigger than Grahams number,
assuming Grahams Number is specifically G(64).

However, we make a number bigger than Dale's number, I think; namely, G(G(10^303!)!)!, for example. It's kinda hard to tell at this point.



Edited by TheFallibleFiend (02/08/07 08:57 AM)

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#165810 - 02/08/07 10:25 AM Re: Large numbers revisited
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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might be some cool stuff here: numbers

cool.

there's also here: PlanetMath


Edited by etaoin (02/08/07 10:29 AM)
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#165811 - 02/08/07 10:39 AM Re: Large numbers revisited
dalehileman Offline
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Fal, thank you, that's a good one. To save me the trouble of looking it up, however, does G stand for Googol or Googolplex, and if the former, what's the symbol for the latter

eta: THank you for those links, I have ensconced them anongst my Faves

Anna: Animosity may be in the eye of the beholder, while I can't see anything provocative about the first paragraph. However, I apologize if it somehow offended you
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#165812 - 02/08/07 02:05 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
TheFallibleFiend Offline
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The 'G' stands for numbers in Graham's sequence that is explained on the page that Faldage gave us the link to.

G(1) = 1
G(2) = 2^2
G(3) = 3^3^3
G(4) = 4^4^4^4
G(5) = 5^5^5^5^5

Pretty big numbers. I like this stuff, but I'm having trouble figuring out what's bigger than what. Normally when I'm faced with big numbers at work, I see how the log works or the log log ... but this stuff is very huge.

My first job out of college, another program had to compute average network capacity as a percentage of total capacity. The final results should be between 0 and 1, but the intermediate results were overflowing the processor - and other alternatives were too time consuming: so I showed him how to use logarithms to make the huge numbers smaller. Worked like a champ. But while those numbers were vastly bigger than any most people are likely to use, they are much closer to zero than to the numbers that you and Faldage are referring to.

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#165813 - 02/08/07 04:12 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
olly Offline
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a reference to googolplex, the name given to the large number 10^{10^{100}}.




A googolplex is 10^googol and a googolplexplex is 10^googolplex. Could we call it a Duplex? Or a twoplex? Perhaps a complex or a perplex!

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