million, billion, trillion... then what?

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by qfrontier, Aug 14, 2002.

  1. qfrontier Captain Of Starship Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    114
    million,billion,trillion...then what?

    What comes after trillion? Then after that...?
     
  2. Adam §Þ@ç€ MØnk€¥ Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,415
    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".
     
  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Administrator

    Messages:
    26,765
    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.
     
  4. BatM Member At Large Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    408
    Google...?
     
  5. overdoze human Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    310
  6. Antimode Registered Member

    Messages:
    5
    Just as a curiosity in response to OD's post;

    In Swedish, "Miljard" (milliard) comes after "Miljon" (million).
     
  7. Saith Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    149
    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
     
  8. Gifted World Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,113
    Someone bothered to figure out what a billion pennies look like?
     
  9. Gifted World Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,113
    OH, say, how about this one:
    one
    deci/deca
    centi/hecta
    milli/kilo
    ??
     
  10. overdoze human Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    310
    micro/mega
    nano/giga
    pico/tera
    femto/peta
    atto/exa
    zepto/zetta
    yocto/yotta

    Any questions? :p

    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. ;)
     
  11. Gifted World Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,113
    I think they're Latin, but thanks!
     
  12. Walker Hard Work! Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    770
    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!
     
  13. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Super Moderator

    Messages:
    13,045
    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.
     
  14. Gifted World Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,113
    I think you're correct

    1-one
    1,000-one thousand
    1,000,000-one million
    1,000,000,000-one billion
     
  15. Phrenetic :D Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    155
    does this mean that "trillion" doesn't actually exist?
     
  16. Gifted World Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,113
    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.
     
  17. Agesilaus Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    30
    Don't neglect the googleplex which is a (google)**google a number so large that it cannot be written down.
     
  18. Gifted World Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,113
    1x10 to the 100x10 to the 100th?
     
  19. Agesilaus Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    30
    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.
     
  20. Pollux V Ra Bless America Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    6,495
    If the number were written out it might extend from one end of the universe to the other. Pretty trippy, huh?
     

Share This Page