What does googol mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. googol(noun)

    a cardinal number represented as 1 followed by 100 zeros (ten raised to the power of a hundred)


  1. googol(Numeral)

    The number 10, written as 1 followed by 100 zeros.

  2. Origin: Made up in 1938 by the nine year old Milton Sirrota, the nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner who had asked Milton for the hypothetical number of 10 to the 100th.


  1. Googol

    A googol is the large number 10100; that is, the digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes. zeroes: The term was coined in 1938 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Kasner popularized the concept in his 1940 book Mathematics and the Imagination. Other names for googol include ten duotrigintillion on the short scale, ten thousand sexdecillion on the long scale, or ten sexdecilliard on the Peletier long scale. A googol has no particular significance in mathematics, but is useful when comparing with other very large quantities such as the number of subatomic particles in the visible universe or the number of hypothetically possible chess games. Edward Kasner used it to illustrate the difference between an unimaginably large number and infinity, and in this role it is sometimes used in teaching mathematics. A googol is approximately 70!. In the binary numeral system, one would need 333 bits to represent a googol, i.e., 1 googol ≈ 2332.2, or exactly . This number is notable for being the subject of the £1 million question in the infamous episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, when contestant Charles Ingram cheated his way through the show by getting help from his wife Diana, who was in the audience, and fellow contestant Tecwen Whittock. It is also the namesake of the internet company Google, with the name "Google" being a misspelling of "googol" by the company's founders.

Editors Contribution

  1. googol

    A cardinal number that is the equivalent to ten raised to the power of a hundred.

    An American mathematician is said to have created the word googol to assist him with his creations.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of googol in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of googol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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