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2000\03\10@071219 by wft

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Can one of the PIC wizards tell me what a googaplex is ?

Thanks

Gus

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2000\03\10@073047 by paulb

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Gus Calabrese wrote:

> Can one of the PIC wizards tell me what a googaplex is ?

 Dunno.

 A Google is an Internet search engine.

 A Googol is the number ten to the power of one hundred.  This happens
to be more than the number of electrons in the universe (including both
the known an unknown parts).

 A Googolplex is ten to the power of a googol.  It's interesting
because it is finite, but unprintable.  If you want to know *why* it's
unprintable, look at the definition of a googol above.

   public.logica.com/~stepneys/cyc/g/googol.htm
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2000\03\10@073050 by Spehro Pefhany

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At 05:11 AM 3/10/00 -0700, Gus Calabrese wrote:
>Can one of the PIC wizards tell me what a googaplex is ?

At 05:11 AM 3/10/00 -0700, you wrote:
>Can one of the PIC wizards tell me what a googaplex is ?

I don't call myself a wizard, but I think I can..

1]      A multi-screen cinema capable of showing a number
       of different films simultaneously. ;-)

2]      10^googal (ie. a *very* big number).



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2000\03\10@111937 by Kenny Baby

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its a million to the power of a million

there's also a number that is a googaplex (as u spelt it) to the
power of a googaples
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2000\03\10@130407 by Robert M. McClure

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At 05:11 AM 3/10/00 -0700, Gus Calabrese wrote:
>Can one of the PIC wizards tell me what a googaplex is ?
>
Some years ago a book was written in which the author (a mathematician)
said that his
grandson gave the name "googol" to the largest number, so he arbitrarily
gave its
value as 10^100 (1 followed by 100 zeroes).  Subsequently needing a larger
number,
he defined the googolplex as 10^googol (1 followed by a googol of zeroes).
I should
know the author of the book, but am having an amnesia attack at the moment.

Bob McClure

2000\03\11@152015 by Martin Nilsson

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> Can one of the PIC wizards tell me what a googaplex is ?

The googolplex comes from an small but interesting branch of discrete
mathematics known as Ramsey theory. It is built around a
deceptively simple-looking theorem, conjectured early in the 20th
century by the superfamous mathematician Van der Waerden as follows:

 For every coloring of the integers, is there a monochromatic finite
 arithmetic subsequence of arbitrary length?

The answer is yes, but you have to take very long sequences into
account.  The proof can be found in the following book, which is the
classic in the field:

 Ronald L. Graham, Bruce L. Rothschild, Joel H. Spencer: Ramsey theory
 Hardcover - 208 pages, 2 edition (March 2, 1990)
 John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471500461

It is quite a good book for the mathematically interested. I don't
have it in front of me, but it provides the details on the history of
googol and googolplex, and what it is used for.

Martin Nilsson

2000\03\11@154541 by Rich Leggitt

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If 10^100 is a googal, then 10^109 must be a gigagoogal.

And if you had a gigagoogle of aviation eyewear, why then you'd have one
gigagoogal goggles.

And if you had a multiplicity of gigagoogal goggles, you'd have a
gigagoogle goggle gaggle.

And if the gigagoogle goggle gaggle fell into the ocean, you'd hear a
gigagoogle goggle gaggle gurgle.

And if the sound of the gigagoogle goggle gaggle gurgle caused silly
laughter, then... sorry, I'll stop now.

2000\03\12@191114 by MegaBolt

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As for Ramsey Theory try http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RamseyTheory.html


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> Can one of the PIC wizards tell me what a googaplex is ?
>
> Thanks

2000\03\13@214037 by John Orhan

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I guess that explains it

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               If 10^100 is a googal, then 10^109 must be a gigagoogal.

               And if you had a gigagoogle of aviation eyewear, why then
you'd have one
               gigagoogal goggles.

               And if you had a multiplicity of gigagoogal goggles, you'd
have a
               gigagoogle goggle gaggle.

               And if the gigagoogle goggle gaggle fell into the ocean,
you'd hear a
               gigagoogle goggle gaggle gurgle.

               And if the sound of the gigagoogle goggle gaggle gurgle
caused silly
               laughter, then... sorry, I'll stop now.

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