Googolplex #atozchallenge

I remember hearing once that Google got its name from googol, a name given to 10 to the 100th power, i.e. a 1 followed by 100 zeroes.

10100 = 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

A googolplex is 10 to the googolth power, i.e. 1010100 or 10googol. There ain’t enough bits in the Internet to write that out. You’re welcome to try.

30 thoughts on “Googolplex #atozchallenge

    1. My first computer, a Packard-Bell, had a huge 850MB hard drive. Within a couple of years I upgraded it to 4GB, then to 20GB (but I kept the 4GB one in an expansion slot). Remember having to set the jumpers on the drive so it’d be read as the C: drive?

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  1. This seems like a factoid that’d be used in a crossword puzzle clue: “10 to the googolth power.” Then there I’d be writing in the word: “googolplex.” Like I had any idea what it meant!


    1. Along with words such as aril (seed pod), anil (source of blue dye, or is it the dye itself?), etui (needle case), erse (Irish), and all those other words that I think exist for the benefit of the Will Shortzes of the world.

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    1. My guess would lean in the “night of shots” direction. I worked for a software company for a long time, and the corporate office was next door to a bar and restaurant that was practically an annex. It was interesting to go there on a Friday afternoon and listen to the discussions the corporate geniuses had after a few pops…

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  2. Fascinating! I imagine they were hoping to go as far into that number as possible in dollars….I mean, Google is worth a lot. And I never thought about the name, either. I just figured it was something silly, yet memorable.


  3. Fascinating piece of fact. Even more fascinating as to why I’ve never thought of where did the name Google come from – I’ve just accepted it, like I accepted the name fridge or tea πŸ™‚


    1. So many companies do business under manufactured names (names that have been conjured out of seemingly thin air) that it’s a surprise when you find one that wasn’t.


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