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Monday, June 24, 2019

Are we running out of numbers? | Analysis -

What’s the biggest number you can think of? by Alex Hudson, Deputy Editor.

It may be the answer for everything but we don’t think it’s the highest number you can think of
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A billion? A trillion? A quadrillion? A sextillion? A tredecillion? A googol? A googolplex? 

There’s a schoolyard joke about infinity+1 being the largest number in existence. The problem is that infinity+1 still equals infinity. 

Infinityinfinity? Still infinity...

Graham’s number holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest specific integer used in a published mathematical proof. 

It is to solve a problem in Ramsey theory around an n-dimensional hypercube (if you even understand that tiny piece of the theory, you’re doing better than us).