Names of large numbers

This article lists and discusses the usage and derivation of names of large numbers, together with their possible extensions. The following table lists those names of large numbers that are found in many English dictionaries and thus have a claim to being "real words." The "Traditional British" values shown are unused in American English and are obsolete in British English, but their other-language variants are dominant in many non-English-speaking areas, including continental Europe and Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. Indian English does not use millions, but has its own system of large numbers including lakhs and crores. English has many words, such as "zillion", used informally to mean large but unspecified amounts. Apart from million, the words in this list ending with -illion are all derived by adding prefixes to the stem -illion. Centillion appears to be the highest name ending in -"illion", included in these dictionaries. Trigintillion cited as a word in discussions of names of large numbers, is not included in any of them, nor are any of the names that can be created by extending the naming pattern.

All of the dictionaries included googol and googolplex crediting it to the Kasner and Newman book and to Kasner's nephew. None include any higher names in the googol family; the Oxford English Dictionary comments that googol and googolplex are "not in formal mathematical use". Some names of large numbers, such as million and trillion, have real referents in human experience, are encountered in many contexts. At times, the names of large numbers have been forced into common usage as a result of hyperinflation; the highest numerical value banknote printed was a note for 1 sextillion pengő printed in Hungary in 1946. In 2009, Zimbabwe printed a 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollar note, which at the time of printing was worth about US$30. Names of larger numbers, have a tenuous, artificial existence found outside definitions and discussions of the ways in which large numbers are named. Well-established names like sextillion are used, since in the context of science, including astronomy, where such large numbers occur, they are nearly always written using scientific notation.

In this notation, powers of ten are expressed as 10 with a numeric superscript, e.g. "The X-ray emission of the radio galaxy is 1.3×1045 joules." When a number such as 1045 needs to be referred to in words, it is read out as "ten to the forty-fifth". This is easier to say and less ambiguous than "quattuordecillion", which means something different in the long scale and the short scale; when a number represents a quantity rather than a count, SI prefixes can be used—thus "femtosecond", not "one quadrillionth of a second"—although powers of ten are used instead of some of the high and low prefixes. In some cases, specialized units are used, such as the astronomer's parsec and light year or the particle physicist's barn. Large numbers have an intellectual fascination and are of mathematical interest, giving them names is one of the ways in which people try to conceptualize and understand them. One of the earliest examples of this is The Sand Reckoner, in which Archimedes gave a system for naming large numbers.

To do this, he called the numbers up to a myriad myriad "first numbers" and called 108 itself the "unit of the second numbers". Multiples of this unit became the second numbers, up to this unit taken a myriad myriad times, 108·108=1016; this became the "unit of the third numbers", whose multiples were the third numbers, so on. Archimedes continued naming numbers in this way up to a myriad myriad times the unit of the 108-th numbers, i.e. = 10 8 ⋅ 10 8, embedded this construction within another copy of itself to produce names for numbers up to = 10 8 ⋅ 10 16. Archimedes estimated the number of grains of sand that would be required to fill the known universe, found that it was no more than "one thousand myriad of the eighth numbers". Since many others have engaged in the pursuit of conceptualizing and naming numbers that have no existence outside the imagination. One motivation for such a pursuit is that attributed to the inventor of the word googol, certain that any finite number "had to have a name".

Another possible motivation is competition between students in computer programming courses, where a common exercise is that of writing a program to output numbers in the form of English words. Most names proposed for large numbers belong to systematic schemes which are extensible. Thus, many names for large numbers are the result of following a naming system to its logical conclusion—or extending it further; the words bymillion and trimillion were first recorded in 1475 in a manuscript of Jehan Adam. Subsequently, Nicolas Chuquet wrote a book Triparty en la science des nombres, not published during Chuquet's lifetime. However, most of it was copied by Estienne de La Roche

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