from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The number 10 raised to the power 100 (10100), written out as the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.
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- n. The number 10100, written as 1 followed by 100 zeros.
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- n. a cardinal number represented as 1 followed by 100 zeros (ten raised to the power of a hundred)
June 30th, 2008 at 10: 32 am googol is 1 followed by 100 zeros. gladyz Says:
Famously, Page and Brin rented a garage as their startup home and, on September 4, 1998, launched Google Inc, a deliberate mis-spelling of the word googol, the mathematical term for a one followed by a hundred zeros.
In a nod to their geeky roots as children of computer science and math professors, Page and Brin had derived the name from the mathematical term "googol" - a 1 followed by 100 zeros.
First off, they specifically took the name of the company from the word googol, which is a very large number 1 with one hundred zeros after it, after first thinking of the word googolplex, which is 1 followed by a googol of zeros, as a symbol of the immense amount of data their search engine would search through.
The name itself springs from a number—a googol is a 1 followed by 100 zeros.
Even more impressive is a googol, which is greater than the number of particles in the known universe:
Google probably wanted to use 10e100, since that character string means 10 to the 100 power - in other words, a googol.
A googol is a one followed by a hundred zeros -- or, in technical terms, "a freakin 'ginormous number."
This number, called a googol (just a made-up name), is the largest number with a name.
The company name is a play on the word googol, which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeros.
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