Nugget of Knowledge: Really large numbers

A googol has 100 zeros

Nugget of Knowledge

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – How much is a gazillion?

There is no such thing as a gazillion, just as there is no zillion or bijillion or uncountablillion.

But mathematicians do have some funny-sounding large numbers.

We’re familiar with a million. It has six zeros.

A billion has nine, while a trillion has 12 zeros.

A quadrillion has 15 zeros.

A quintillion has 18.

A sextillion has 21.

How about a duodecillion? It has 39 zeros.

A tredecillion has 42 zeros.

An octodecillian 57 zeros.

And Googol has 100 zeros. Just one googol is greater than the number of protons, neutrons and electrons in the entire universe.

And how long does it take to count all these?

If you had $1 million and counted $1 each second, it would take you 11 and a half days.

For $1 billion at $1 a second, you could count your money in 31 and a half years.

And $1 trillion? Counting $1 a second would take you 31,000 years.

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