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Numbers And How High They Go

By Ronald Jensen

From Wikipedia encyclopedia: A number is an abstract idea used in counting and measuring. A symbol which represents a number is called a numeral, but in common usage the word number is used for both the idea and the symbol.

The definition of number has been extended over the years to include such numbers as zero, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and complex numbers.

How high do numbers go? In our everyday life we use a lot of the lower numbers, like one to ten, and on up to the trillions. We seldom go higher than that. What about those numbers beyond trillions? Many of them we may not even know.

Let me give you an idea of what numbers are out there. We will start with zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine. All other numbers are just combinations of these, we take one and add zero to make ten, and so on. Take a look at all the numbers that people have come up with:

Hundred 100
Thousand 1,000
Million 1,000,000
Billion 1,000,000,000
Trillion 1,000,000,000,000
Quadrillion 1 and 15 zeros
Quintillion 1 and 18 zeros
Sextillion 1 and 21 zeros
Septillion 1 and 24 zeros
Octillion 1 and 27 zeros
Nontillion 1 and 30 zeros
Undecillion 1 and 36 zeros
Duodecillion 1 and 39 zeros
Tredecillion 1 and 42 zeros
Quattuordecillion 1 and 45 zeros
Quidecillion 1 and 48 zeros
Sexdecillion 1 and 51 zeros
Septendecillion 1 and 54 zeros
Octadecillion 1 and 57 zeros
Novemdecillion 1 and 60 zeros
Vigintillion 1 and 63 zeros
Unvigintillion 1 and 66 zeros
Dovigintillion 1 and 69 zeros
Trevigintillion 1 and 72 zeros
Quattuorvigintillion 1 and 75 zeros
Quinvigintillion 1 and 78 zeros
Sexvigintillion 1 and 81 zeros
Septenvigintillion 1 and 84 zeros
Octovigintillion 1 and 87 zeros
Novemvigintillion 1 and 90 zeros
Trigintillion 1 and 93 zeros
Untrigintillion 1 and 96 zeros
Dotrigintillion 1 and 99 zeros
Tretrigintillion 1 and 102 zeros
Quattuortillion 1 and 105 zeros
Quintrigintillion 1 and 108 zeros
Sextrigintillion 1 and 111 zeros
Septentrigintillion 1 and 114 zeros
Octotrigintillion 1 and 117 zeros
Novemtrintillion 1 and 120 zeros
Untrigintillion 1 and 123 zeros

100 Untrigintillion equals one Googol
100 Googol equals one Googolplex

When people start dealing with numbers this high, they kind of go wild. Someone decided that a googol is a 1 and 100 zeros, and a googolplex is a 1 followed by a googol of zeros, which is an extremely long number. I wonder if anyone really knows what they are doing when they are dealing with numbers this high.

In some foreign countries they have a different list of numbers. So, since we really don’t have to deal with these high numbers, we don’t need to worry about it, but they can be fun.

Here are a couple of interesting things about numbers: 18 is the only number that is twice the sum of it’s digits: 1+8=9 9x2=18.

Multiply 111,111,111 times 111,111,111 It equals 12345678987654321. Try it on your calculator on your computer. Small calculators don’t have enough number spaces.

Here are a couple more interesting things: God speaking to Moses: “And worlds without number have I created……..and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.” Moses 1:33 & 35, "The Pearl of Great Price".

In the scriptures it is mentioned: “numerous as the sands upon the sea shore”. It would be impossible to count that many grains of sand! There are many more interesting things that can be done with numbers. Check them out, and have fun!

© Ronald Jensen 2007. All rights reserved.
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