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Actually we already had a latin name for a googol. The latin name for 63 followed by the illion suffix is the formal name for 10 to the 99th power. Then 10 times that number would be a googol. The googolplex is 1 followed by a googol zeroes which is a number too large to assign a meaning to. We generally do not bother with formal names for really large numbers. It is sufficient to use the exponential notation. We write 1 followed by a hundred zeroes as 10^100. We could write 1 followed by a googol zeroes as 10^(10^100). The formal nomenclature can be seen on the web page http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LargeNumber.html MathWorld Number Theory Numbers Large Number Large decimal numbers beginning with 10 to the 9th are named according to two mutually conflicting nomenclatures: the American system (in which the prefix, mil, bil, tri, etc stands for 3 + 3 times the corresponding number of zeros ) and the British system (in which the prefix stands for 6 times the number of zeros ). However, it should be noted that in more recent years, the "American" system is now widely used in England as well as in the United States. The following table gives the names assigned to various powers of 10 (Woolf 1982). American British power of 10 means 1 followed by how many zeroes million million 6 billion milliard 9 trillion billion 12 quadrillion 15 quintillion trillion 18 sextillion 21 septillion quadrillion 24 octillion 27 nonillion quintillion 30 decillion 33 undecillion sextillion 36 duodecillion 39 tredecillion septillion 42 quattuordecillion 45 quindecillion octillion 48 sexdecillion 51 septendecillion nonillion 54 octodecillion 57 novemdecillion decillion 60 vigintillion 63 undecillion 66 duodecillion 72 tredecillion 78 quattuordecillion 84 quindecillion 90 sexdecillion 96 septendecillion 102 octodecillion 108 novemdecillion 114 vigintillion 120 centillion 303 centillion 600 References Conway, J. H. and Guy, R. K. The Book of Numbers. New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 59-62, 1996. Crandall, R. E. "The Challenge of Large Numbers." Sci. Amer. 276, 74-79, Feb. 1997. Davis, P. J. The Lore of Large Numbers. New York: Random House, 1961. Knuth, D. E. "Mathematics and Computer Science: Coping with Finiteness. Advances in Our Ability to Compute Are Bringing Us Substantially Closer to Ultimate Limitations." Science 194, 1235-1242, 1976. Munafo, R. "Large Numbers." http://www.mrob.com/largenum.html. Spencer, J. "Large Numbers and Unprovable Theorems." Amer. Math. Monthly 90, 669-675, 1983. Woolf, H. B. (Ed. in Chief). Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam, p. 782, 1980. ) 1996-2000 Eric W. Weisstein and Wolfram Research, Inc. Sponsored by Wolfram Research, Inc., makers of Mathematica
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