Googol



[goo-gawl, -gol, -guh l] /ˈgu gɔl, -gɒl, -gəl/

noun
1.
a number that is equal to 1 followed by 100 zeros and expressed as 10 100 .
/ˈɡuːɡɒl; -ɡəl/
noun
1.
the number represented as one followed by 100 zeros (10100)
n.

1940, in “Mathematics and the Imagination,” a layman’s book on mathematics written by U.S. mathematicians Edward Kasner (1878-1955) and James R. Newman, the word supposedly coined a year or two before by Kasner’s 9- (or 😎 year-old nephew (unnamed in the book’s account of the event), when asked for a name for an enormous number. Perhaps influenced by comic strip character Barney Google. Googolplex coined at the same time, in the same way.
googol
(g’gôl’, g’gəl)
The number 10 raised to the 100th power (10100), written out as 1 followed by 100 zeros.

mathematics
The number represented in base-ten by a one with a hundred zeroes after it.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the name was coined in 1938 by Milton Sirotta, the nine-year-old nephew of American mathematician, Edward Kasner.
See also googolplex.
(2001-03-29)

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