Very Big Numbers
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Very Big Numbers
I seem to have a fascination for massive numbers, for some reason. I looked up Graham's number on Wikipedia and was amazed at its magnitude. I know, it's nerdy. Does anyone else have a similar fixation? Any particular examples that you like about the size of certain numbers?
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The first *infinite* ordinal is pretty crazy, if you ask me.
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Syrin wrote:The first ordinal is pretty crazy, if you ask me.
0? Yes, it is quite large indeed. It's almost as big as any given epsilon.
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LLCoolDave wrote:Syrin wrote:The first ordinal is pretty crazy, if you ask me.
0? Yes, it is quite large indeed. It's almost as big as any given epsilon.
What about 3000? That's a given epsilon, and it's not almost as big as that.
Speaking of ordinals, the first incomputable ordinal is way crazier.
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Syrin wrote:The first *infinite* ordinal is pretty crazy, if you ask me.
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9001. As it is over 9000, we know that it must an unimaginably huge number.
Also, the number now dubbed "xkcd's number". That number created in one of the comics by taking the Ackermann function with graham's number as arguments. (This too is over 9000)
Also, the number now dubbed "xkcd's number". That number created in one of the comics by taking the Ackermann function with graham's number as arguments. (This too is over 9000)
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DMM did an xkcd parody comic about this, in Irregular Webcomic. I have to say that goddamn but I love some of the annotations DMM writes.Kurushimi wrote:Also, the number now dubbed "xkcd's number". That number created in one of the comics by taking the Ackermann function with graham's number as arguments. (This too is over 9000)
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Obligatory link to FG thread where we made gobsmackingly huge numbers: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=7469
Yes, big numbers are fun.
In other news, my PageADay calendar once told me that the "centillion" (10^300) was the largest noninfinite number recognized by mathematicians. Wrong. Graham's number is far better. ^_^
Yes, big numbers are fun.
In other news, my PageADay calendar once told me that the "centillion" (10^300) was the largest noninfinite number recognized by mathematicians. Wrong. Graham's number is far better. ^_^
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Also, I'm pretty sure that mathematicians will recognize any number you can come up with. "Use" is a totally different matter, and then, yes, Graham's number is the largest number that was ever used for a proof.
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Surely that ought to be 10^303?scikidus wrote:Obligatory link to FG thread where we made gobsmackingly huge numbers: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=7469
Yes, big numbers are fun.
In other news, my PageADay calendar once told me that the "centillion" (10^300) was the largest noninfinite number recognized by mathematicians. Wrong. Graham's number is far better. ^_^
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Yeah, you're right. (In long scale, 10^600) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_l ... numbers.22Qaanol wrote:Surely that ought to be 10^303?scikidus wrote:Obligatory link to FG thread where we made gobsmackingly huge numbers: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=7469
Yes, big numbers are fun.
In other news, my PageADay calendar once told me that the "centillion" (10^300) was the largest noninfinite number recognized by mathematicians. Wrong. Graham's number is far better. ^_^
EDIT: It's the largest number "with a conventional name." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centillion
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scikidus wrote:Obligatory link to FG thread where we made gobsmackingly huge numbers:
Is it bad that I read this as a link to a finitely generated thread, before my brain kicked in?
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Qaanol wrote:Surely that ought to be 10^303?
Whoops, my bad.
joshz wrote:EDIT: It's the largest number "with a conventional name." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centillion
That isn't what this planner said though, it said the largest number "recognized by mathematicians."
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scikidus wrote:What's next, what if they start changing the day of the week?
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