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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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http://tech.mit.edu/V126/N64/64largenumber.html

We could have a similar contest!

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**namealreadychosen****Member**- Registered: 2011-07-23
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an attempt

x=skewes number

x^x^x....x times

iterate x times,

iterate result x times, call answer y,

replace x with y and repeat lines 2-4 y times

call result z

iterate lines 2-5, replacing x with z, z times

call result w

a=largest number expressible with above notation with z symbols

b=largest number expressible with a symbols

repeat finding largest expressible number b times

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi namealreadychosen,

Oh wow! Couldn't you have started with 1 or something?

MathsIsFun: Are there rules?

eg. What size board?

I notice that the players seemed to take something from the previous play and edit it. Is that a rule?

Words seem to be allowed so why not "The number he just wrote plus 1". That would fit easily on most boards.

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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