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Jenniemae & James

A Memoir in Black and White

By Brooke Newman

Jenniemae & James
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2010,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2011,
    320 pages.

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The Googol, the Googolplex and Other Really Big Numbers

Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, real 'wow, that's big,' time... Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we're trying to get across here.
- Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Most of us can get our head around what a million looks like, but visualizing a billion, let alone a trillion can be challenging. one billion dollarsThe image to the left is what a billion dollars looks like stacked on a pallet in $100 notes. Click the image to see what a trillion dollars looks like!

But a trillion pales into numerical insignificance compared to a googol, let alone a googolplex.

What, might you ask, is a googol and why is it so called?

The story goes that prominent American mathematician Edward Kasner (1878-1955) was out walking one day with his two young nephews mulling over what to call the number 10100 (that...

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