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What is Googol (or Google): Story behind it!

Aug 4, 2015

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

Let’s jump into a story to understand their relationship! Once upon a tech-savvy time, there was this company called Google. Now, the name “Google” might sound like a quirky invention, but it turns out it was a bit of a typo! You see, the clever minds behind the company meant to write “googol,” which is a super big number. They chose this name because their search engine was all about giving a lot of information.

Jumping to the year 2004, the family members of a person named Kasner came into the picture. Kasner had written a book and came up with the term “googol.” His family had the right to this term. They were kinda of thinking about telling Google, “Hey, you can’t just use our cool word!” But, in the end, they decided not to go through with it, and no legal battles were fought over the use of the word.

So, in the end, Google kept its playful name. Everyone lived ever after in the world of internet searches and massive amounts of info.

What is a Googol in Math? and how many zeros are in a googol?

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

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

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

What is higher than a googol?

A 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.

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. They chose it to show that the search engine wants to give you loads of information!

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They were both PhD students at Stanford University in Stanford, California

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Google manages over a million servers in data centers scattered all around the globe. Every single day, they handle a whopping 24 petabytes of awesome user-created data. They also rock over a billion search requests!

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