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    million,billion,trillion...then what?

    What comes after trillion? Then after that...?

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    Well, if you wish to use the proper terms, you must inlcude:
    - million = one thousand times one thousand.
    - milliard = one thousand times one million.
    - billion = one million times one million.

    However, since US terms have flooded the globe in the last 50 years or so, everyone instead uses "billion" now in place of "milliard".

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    million = 10<sup>6</sup>
    billion = 10<sup>9</sup>
    trillion = 10<sup>12</sup>
    quadrillion = 10<sup>15</sup>
    quintillion = 10<sup>18</sup>
    hexillion = 10<sup>21</sup>
    heptillion = 10<sup>24</sup>
    octillion = 10<sup>27</sup>
    nonillion = 10<sup>30</sup>
    decillion = 10<sup>33</sup>
    unodecillion = 10<sup>36</sup>
    duodecillion = 10<sup>39</sup>
    etc.

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    Originally posted by James R
    million = 10<sup>6</sup>
    billion = 10<sup>9</sup>
    trillion = 10<sup>12</sup>
    quadrillion = 10<sup>15</sup>
    quintillion = 10<sup>18</sup>
    hexillion = 10<sup>21</sup>
    heptillion = 10<sup>24</sup>
    octillion = 10<sup>27</sup>
    nonillion = 10<sup>30</sup>
    decillion = 10<sup>33</sup>
    unodecillion = 10<sup>36</sup>
    duodecillion = 10<sup>39</sup>
    etc.
    Google...?

  5. #5
    You're thinking of "googol": 10<sup>100</sup>
    googolplex: 10<sup>googol</sup>

    http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~susan/cyc/g/googol.htm

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    Just as a curiosity in response to OD's post;

    In Swedish, "Miljard" (milliard) comes after "Miljon" (million).

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    Here's a site that shows you numbers in pennies. Each link 1-18 shows you what a certain amount of pennies looks like, increasing in numbers as you go up. And also has links to some other sites.

    http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/nineteen.asp

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    Someone bothered to figure out what a billion pennies look like?

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    OH, say, how about this one:
    one
    deci/deca
    centi/hecta
    milli/kilo
    ??

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    originally posted by Gifted
    OH, say, how about this one:
    one
    deci/deca
    centi/hecta
    milli/kilo
    ??
    micro/mega
    nano/giga
    pico/tera
    femto/peta
    atto/exa
    zepto/zetta
    yocto/yotta

    Any questions?

    Actually, I've often wondered how the various prefixes came about, and why some appear to match up nicely (e.g. yocto/yotta) while others seem totally mismatched (e.g. atto/exa). Leave it to the Europeans to come up with some hair-raising name scheme.

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    I think they're Latin, but thanks!

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    Dood!

    If you were to encode the English alphabetjust by substituting each letter with another, there would be seventeen septillian different possible combinations. Pretty crazy!

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    Actually one Billion is a disputed sum.

    It seems most of the world has one Billion as:

    1,000,000,000,000

    But I think (correct me If I'm wrong) America has it down as:

    1,000,000,000

    Thats why when I saw $50 Billion worth of bonds it wasn't worth any more than £35 Thousand Million's (which is are also called Billion's)

    So an English Billionaire is actually richer than his American counterpart even if they have the same number of differnt billions.

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    I think you're correct

    1-one
    1,000-one thousand
    1,000,000-one million
    1,000,000,000-one billion

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    does this mean that "trillion" doesn't actually exist?

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    At billion, it starts up a prefix thing.
    1,000,000,000-billion
    1,000,000,000,000-trillion
    1,000,000,000,000,000-quadrillion
    1,000,000,000,000,000,000-quintillion

    and it goes from there most of the way.

    a google, 1 times 10 to the 100th, was named by a mathmatician's three(or somewhere around there)-year-old, when asked about "what to call a 1 with 100 zeroes behind it.

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    Originally posted by Gifted
    [a google, 1 times 10 to the 100th, was named by a mathmatician's three(or somewhere around there)-year-old, when asked about "what to call a 1 with 100 zeroes behind it. [/B]
    Don't neglect the googleplex which is a (google)**google a number so large that it cannot be written down.

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    1x10 to the 100x10 to the 100th?

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    Hmm actually I mistated it, I just checked and it is ((10)^10)^100 not (10^100)^(10^100). But irregardless it is supposed to be larger than the number of atoms in the universe and thus it is unwritable in long form base ten.

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    If the number were written out it might extend from one end of the universe to the other. Pretty trippy, huh?

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