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#1 2009-02-06 10:59:05

MathsIsFun
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"Profs Duke It Out in Big Number Duel"

http://tech.mit.edu/V126/N64/64largenumber.html

We could have a similar contest!


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#2 2011-07-24 18:44:57

namealreadychosen
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Re: "Profs Duke It Out in Big Number Duel"

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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#3 2011-07-24 21:39:42

bob bundy
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Registered: 2010-06-20
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Re: "Profs Duke It Out in Big Number Duel"

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.

smile

Bob


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