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# What is a googol?

A googol is a 1 with 100 zeroes after it. Basically, it's this10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0…00,000,000,000,000,000 or10100. Googol History and facts... In 1938, mathematician Edward Kasner wanted to show his studentsthat a number could be fantastically large - so big that it wouldboggle your mind- and still not reach anywhere near infinity. Hisnumber ended up being a 1 with a 100 zeros after it. Since itneeded a name, he asked his nine-year-old nephew what it should be.Milton realized that a enormous number should have a silly name.The winner was googol. BTW, there's a number thats called a googolplex. Thats a 1 with a googolzeros after it. AMAZING, RIGHT? (MORE)