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#165814 - 02/08/07 05:39 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
dalehileman Offline
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Guys, thank you. It always pleases not to have to look it up. Hwever, I wonder whether there's a symbol for the googolplex, plexplex, etc
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#165815 - 02/08/07 06:47 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
themilum Offline
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Zounds!

Forsooth- the latter day Middle Agers here ponder how many Angels can dance
on the head of a pin -- the answer is nowt -- meanwhile the Huns are at the door.

May God save the Queen from the Comet and may these idolaters and idlers ponder away in Purgatory for a gobble-de-gook-duplex number of years plus one day.

Then, and only then, should they be allowed to enter the gates of Hell.
Or Heaven, if perchance they can prove good behavior or worthwhile thought.



Edited by themilum (02/08/07 06:57 PM)

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#165816 - 02/09/07 03:40 AM Re: Large numbers revisited
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"Numberless are the World's Wonders", make up the music to this yourself. Give it a just a little swinging chance.

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#165817 - 02/09/07 11:10 AM Re: Large numbers revisited
Myridon Offline
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I already mentioned in this thread the transfinite number aleph-null which if I could use a Hebrew font for aleph and a subscript 0 for null would be only 2 characters. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleph_null

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#165818 - 02/09/07 11:38 AM Re: Large numbers revisited
dalehileman Offline
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Myr, thank you for that link, but I'm not much as a mathematician, and anyway infinities don't count, sorry, should have mentioned that. Meantime I'm still looking for the largest finite number than can be expressed in the smallest number of characters

And yes I realize that would entail a few loose ends, but thanks again
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#165819 - 02/12/07 12:19 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
ParkinT Offline
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Meantime I'm still looking for the largest finite number than can be expressed in the smallest number of characters



How about "lots" or "scads"?

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#165820 - 02/12/07 12:22 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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a bunch.
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#165821 - 02/12/07 12:49 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
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but, see, dale's looking for a type-3 expression, and ideally it will be a neologism!!

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#165822 - 02/12/07 01:48 PM Re: Large numbers revisited
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but, see, dale's looking for a type-3 expression




I didn't think anyone understood what that meant...
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#165823 - 02/13/07 09:36 AM Re: Large numbers revisited
Alex Williams Offline
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I think you'll have to specify the number of characters you want to limit it to Dale. One can write a much larger number with five characters than with two.

If we limit ourselves to two characters (including arabic numerals and operands like +, -, x, , and !, but exempting ^ for exponentiation since it can be accomplished with superscript), then I think the largest number you can write is 9^9, which is equal to 387420489.

If you allow three characters, I think the largest is (9^9)!, which is equal to 387420489! For the non-math folks out there, that's 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 .... x 387420489.

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