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Ever Wonder Where Google Got Their Name?

mathMost people probably assume Google, the Internet search engine giant made up their name. Actually, they borrowed it from the fields of mathematics and sub-atomic physics.

A googol is a very, very, very big number. More specifically, it is 10 raised to the 100th power, or the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Who do you think came up with the term googol? Perhaps a Silicon Valley college-dropout billionaire or an obscure university professor trying to estimate the width of the solar system in millimeters?

Not hardly. It was coined back in 1938 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta. Little Milton was the nephew of an American mathematician.

It turns out a googol is also known as ten duotrigintillion, ten thousand sexdecillion and of course ten sexdecilliard.

I’ll bet if Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page had chosen one of these terms, well let’s just say neither of them would be worth the $20 billion (that’s a 2 followed by 9 zeros) they are now.


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