How big is a Googol?

Thursday, 3 June 2010 12:00 by The Lunatic


My eleven year old son has been fascinated with large numbers lately.  He’s asking all the typical thought provoking questions that precocious eleven year olds tend to ask, like “how many stars are there in the universe?” and “how long would it take to walk to Alpha Centauri?”

And of course, the number Googol is always a great benchmark, as in “Are there more than a Googol water molecules in the ocean?”

So, how big is a Googol? I came up with the following example to explain to him More...

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