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!

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    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.

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  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™‚

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    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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