### 55 Flash Fiction - Mathematics

**G**oogolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!

^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!

^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!

^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!

^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!

^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!

^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!

^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!^googolplex!

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What's the largest number you can type in a 55?

A googol is the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeros (in decimal representation). The term was coined in 1920 by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta (1911–1981), nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Kasner popularized the concept in his book Mathematics and the Imagination (1940).

Googol is of the same order of magnitude as the factorial of 70 (70! being approximately 1.198 googol, or 10 to the power 100.0784), and its only prime factors are 2 and 5 (100 of each). In binary it would take up 333 bits.

A googolplex is the number 1 followed by a googol zeroes, or ten raised to the power of a googol:

10

^{googol}= 10

^{10100}.

In the documentary Cosmos, physicist and broadcast personality Carl Sagan estimated that writing a googolplex in numerals (i.e., "1,000,000,000...") would be physically impossible, since doing so would require more space than the known universe occupies.

(source: Wikipedia)

I suppose the fiction part is that I actually typed all of that.

I cheated and used copy & paste.

My theory on the name? "Good Golly" with a nine-year-olds pronunciation.

Labels: 55 Flash Fiction Friday

## 15 Comments:

This 55 is beyond the comprehension of a mind like mine which understand only the infantile 'goo' of the whole aspect here...

I am a baby here & my mind a tabula raza...

Uhmmmmm......Ok Charles, yea........what you said.....Good Grief!!!!!!

Good Golly - ingenious!

Mine's up.

& I thought it was ninolian...

Ok wise guy, now we know Googleplex CAN be typed in a 55 & the fiction is select copy & paste since you didn't type :D :D

Charles....?

..Thanks for kind of playing.....G

Charles that went straight over my head Doh!

Grrrrrr and good golly! You're doing Math again. Now I have a headache.:-)

well it is certainly more than my little brain can contain!

No math!!! LOL...good golly now I have a headache TOO!

Hope you have a great wknd Charles ;o)

Put that number on a blank check and sign it. Then you'll get the proper attention it deserves.

Hehehehe!

Charles, you are wicked-clever! :)

--snow

` Did you know, the 'GooglePlex' is where Google employees work?

` PS crazy stuff afoot over here!

I loved this one! Sneaky and ingenious! Brilliant!

NGAC,

It takes another great mind to appreciate it. I don't really know what you mean about sneaky, but that's probably because you're the brilliant one. I think some of the others, including Snow and S E E Quine, may be there in the appreciative crowd, but they have lives.

Me? Brilliant? Haha! :D

By sneaky I meant the way you got around the impossibility of being able to write a googolplex ( and thus all higher numbers as well ); smart :)

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