Googol not Google


One entry found for googol.
Main Entry: googol
Pronunciation: gu-gol
Function: noun
Etymology: coined by Milton Sirotta born about 1929 nephew of Edward Kasner died 1955 American mathematician : the figure 1 followed by 100 zeroes equal to 10100 – Websters

101 = 10
106 = 1,000,000
10100 = 1 googol or 1 followed by 100 zeros
10googol = 1 googolplex or 1 followed by 1 googol zeros
1026 = # of atoms in an apple pie
1080 = # of elementary particles (protons, neutrons and electrons) in the universe. = Less than a googol!

– Carl Sagan


A googolplex is the number one followed by one googol zeroes, or ten raised to the power of one googol:

10googol = 1010100.

In the documentary Cosmos, physicist and broadcast personality Carl Sagan estimated that writing a googolplex in numerals (i.e., “1,000,000,000…”) would be physically impossible, since doing so would require more space than the known universe occupies.

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