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When searching for the word “Googol” Wikipedia advices “Not to be confused with Google.” But, is there any relationship in between those concepts?

What is Googol in Math?

A googol is the large number 10100; that is, the digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes:

Googol

What is higher than a googol?

googolplex is much larger than a googol, but is still finite, as the inventor of the name was quick to point out. It was first suggested that a googolplex should be 1, followed by writing zeros until you got tired.

Edward Kasner, the proud uncle

The term was coined in 1920 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Kasner popularized the concept in his book Mathematics and the Imagination in 1940.

Didn’t you know the existence of the “googol” concept?

Maybe Googol should have been known as the actual name of the company Google. The name “Google” was an accidental misspelling of “googol” by the company’s founders, which was picked to signify that the search engine was intended to provide large quantities of information.

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in Stanford, California.
The corporation has been estimated to run more than one million servers in data centers around the world. It processes about 24 petabytes of user-generated data each day and over one billion search requests.

Did you know it?

To be naughty, one billion still a bit less than one googol…

Do you guess how big is the difference?

By Ángela R.

* Source: Wikipedia, Google.

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