A googol haes na particular signeeficance in mathematics, but is uiseful when comparin wi ither very lairge quantities such as the nummer o subatomic pairticles in the veesible universe or the nummer o hypothetically possible chess genmes. Edward Kasner uised it tae illustrate the difference atween an unimaginably lairge nummer an infinity, an in this role it is sometimes uised in teachin mathematics.
Googol is notable for bein the subject o the £1 million question in the infamous episode o Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, when contestant Charles Ingram cheatit his way through the shaw bi gettin help frae his wife, who wis in the audience, an fellae contestant Tecwen Whittock. It is an aa the namesake o the internet company Google, wi the name "Google" bein a misspellin o "googol" bi the company's founders.
Tae gie a sense o hou big a googol really is, the mass o an electron, juist unner 1×10-30 kg, can be compared tae the mass o the entire universe, estimatit at atween 1×1050kg an 1×1060 kg. It is a ratio in the order o aboot 1080 tae 1090, still much smawer than the value o a googol.
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- Kasner, Edward and Newman, James R. (1940). Mathematics and the Imagination. Simon and Schuster, New York. ISBN 0-486-41703-4. freemit airtin in
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- QI: Quite Interesting facts about 100 Archived 2012-12-28 at the Wayback Machine, telegraph.co.uk
- McPherson, Kristine (2006). Elert, Glenn (ed.). "Mass of the universe". The Physics Factbook. Retrieved 24 August 2019.