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The origin of the word 'Google'


Have you ever thought to yourself, where did the word ‘Google’ come from? Well it turns out Google is derived from ‘googol’, which is an enormous number: 1.0 x 10^100 — which is basically one followed by one hundred zeros.


How big is googol?

All the grains of sand on all the beaches on earth would only amount to about 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 (one with 20 zeroes).

A hundred million atoms placed in a single row would only be 1 cm long. If you add up all the atoms on earth, it would not even amount to googol.

Astrophysicists can now estimate the number of atoms in the universe using Einstein’s theories and even that number doesnt amount to googol.

In a world where such numbers would have no applications in modern society, how can such a number exist? Well it doesn’t stop there. There is the grand daddy of all numbers (excluding graham’s number which isn’t really a number), googolplex.

Now before I begin to explain the magnitude of this number, I have already explained how ridiculously large googol is. Googolplex is the number one, followed by a googol zeros. This unfathomable number has no real application except in pure mathematics, where it could be related to other forms of large-number notations.


Here are a couple wiki facts about Googolplex

“Consider printing the digits of a googolplex in unreadable, one-point font (0.353 mm per digit). It would take about 3.5×10^96 metres to write a googolplex in one-point font. The observable universe is estimated to be 8.80×10^26 metres, or 93 billion light-years, in diameter, so the distance required to write the necessary zeroes is 4.0×10^69 times as long as the estimated universe.”

“A Planck space has a volume of a Planck length cubed, which is the smallest measurable volume, at approximately 4.222×10^−105 m3 = 4.222×10^−99 cm3. Thus 2.5 cm3 contain about a googol Planck spaces. There are only about 3×10^80 cubic metres in the observable universe, giving about 7.1×10^184 Planck spaces in the entire observable universe, so a googolplex is far larger than even the number of the smallest measurable spaces in the observable universe.”

If the entire universe was filled with atoms to the point where there was no space in between, even at the subatomic level, even that number is far less the googolplex.

Now we know why Google has chosen the name ‘Google’.


Mind bo...goggling! My head is still spinning!



Googolplex, that is just insane. If the number is too small to even use at the subatomic level, then what other use is there for such a number? The number is still too high making probabilities as well.