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ERIC Number: EJ794000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Googols and Infinity
Gough, John
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v10 n1 p21-25 2005
In this article, the author presents his tales of very large numbers. He discusses the concept of infinity and extremely large numbers such as "googol" and "googolplex". "Googol" which could be written as 1, followed by one hundred zeros, was popularized by Edward Kasner and James Newman. Moreover, "googol" was coined by Kasner's nine-year old nephew. Kasner's nephew also coined the term "gogoolplex", which is defined to be a 1 followed by a googol of zeros. The author also discusses the difference between infinite numbers and finite numbers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A