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Number GiantsWhat is the biggest number you have heard of? Character is who you are when no one is looking. #2 20060929 14:56:33
Re: Number GiantsIs it larger than 10!!!!!!!!!? (each being a factorial) "In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..." #3 20060929 16:04:17
Re: Number GiantsYe Gods, that factorial is huge! "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #4 20060929 22:13:08
Re: Number GiantsRicky, your number is peanuts. Character is who you are when no one is looking. #5 20060929 22:24:26
Re: Number GiantsOh, I forgot to tell you. Character is who you are when no one is looking. #6 20060929 22:47:41
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I thought that adding extra factorials made the result smaller because some of the multipliers are skipped. Why did the vector cross the road? It wanted to be normal. #7 20060929 22:52:49
Re: Number GiantsNo, mathysperson. Character is who you are when no one is looking. #8 20060930 03:06:13
Re: Number GiantsGanesh, 10!!, as you said, is 3628800!. That's 3628800*3628799*3628798*368797.... "In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..." #9 20061010 18:25:41
Re: Number GiantsRicky, Character is who you are when no one is looking. #10 20061011 13:48:43
Re: Number GiantsRicky, Character is who you are when no one is looking. #11 20070522 03:16:06
Re: Number GiantsI actually heard (or read) that the number of digits in Graham's Number exceeds the number of electrons in the observable universe. "Knowledge is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined." "This woman painted a picture of me; she was clearly a psychopath" #12 20070522 03:20:16
Re: Number GiantsBy the way, in response to your question,"What an interesting comparison  which one packs the most punch?" concerning factorials and uparrow notation, I'm pretty sure that uparrow notation is the whopper, though I can't say for sure. "Knowledge is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined." "This woman painted a picture of me; she was clearly a psychopath" #13 20070522 03:31:44
Re: Number GiantsIt also seems that this phenomenal number is just the upper bound answer to a problem, the determined lower bound being about 6. "Knowledge is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined." "This woman painted a picture of me; she was clearly a psychopath" #14 20070522 03:36:00
Re: Number GiantsOh, definitely. Even just a googol is more than the amount of electrons in the universe, and a googol is absolutely titchy compared with some of the other numbers mentioned in this thread. Why did the vector cross the road? It wanted to be normal. #15 20070522 04:26:49
Re: Number GiantsThanks. I spend most of my time trying to solve thinking puzzles, so the name's appropriate. "Knowledge is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined." "This woman painted a picture of me; she was clearly a psychopath" #16 20070522 05:04:07
Re: Number GiantsYeah , it's pretty big , Numbers are the essence of the Universe #17 20070522 09:37:49
Re: Number GiantsI don't know if I said this here, but if all the matter in the universe were converted into ink, it wouldn't be enough to fully write out Graham's number. It's pretty big. #18 20070522 17:56:30
Re: Number GiantsLet me see if I can explain the first steps of the number here: "Knowledge is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined." "This woman painted a picture of me; she was clearly a psychopath" #19 20070523 15:39:57
Re: Number GiantsBy the way, don't actually try to calculate the number. It would overload every single computer in the world if they tried to just calculate the first step together... "Knowledge is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined." "This woman painted a picture of me; she was clearly a psychopath" #20 20070523 17:45:15
Re: Number Giantscan someone tell me what 3^^3 is? A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm. #21 20070523 21:18:12
Re: Number GiantsIf I got the system of Knuth's uparrow notation right, then I'm pretty sure that, yes, Last edited by Laterally Speaking (20070606 21:55:04) "Knowledge is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined." "This woman painted a picture of me; she was clearly a psychopath" #22 20070606 22:01:35
Re: Number GiantsEven Moser's number is pretty huge (I'm not sure exactly what it is). It obviously involves Moser's polygon notation, and I think it's something like this: a million inside a millionsided polygon, which is inside that number of that numbersided polygons. Last edited by Laterally Speaking (20070606 22:01:55) "Knowledge is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined." "This woman painted a picture of me; she was clearly a psychopath" #23 20070607 00:06:03
Re: Number GiantsLaterally Speaking, Character is who you are when no one is looking. #24 20070607 04:48:24
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Then the solution is simple  start an interesting and challenging thread of your own. I can offer a host of these, if you want..... #25 20070607 05:09:15
Re: Number GiantsIn one of the other threads, it was said that the number of possible states of the Universe was found by the amount of particles in the Universe multiplied by the amount of time that the Universe has existed for. I'm not sure that's entirely right, but even if a better formula was found then it would still only be an estimate because quantumness wrecks everything. Why did the vector cross the road? It wanted to be normal. 