Right - that's the last time I trust the Doc with anything!Actually it is a googolplex. (1 followed by a googol of zeros.)
A googol is 10 ^100.
Neither of them are useful numbers as even the googol exceeds the number of quarks in the observable Universe.
P.S. Do they spell zeroes without the second 'e' in Oz?How many zeroes follow the 1 for that "gazillion" again? Is it bigger than a googleplex?
Yes. I believe zeros is normal usage in Australia. My browser and Word spell checker accept both.P.S. Do they spell zeroes without the second 'e' in Oz?
But it is a French word, being both the first-person plural imperfect indicative and first-person plural present subjunctive of scintiller.P.P.S. And of course, before anyone else joins in, I deliberately used a scintillion. There's no such number.
Interesting that the OED says zeroes is the only correct spelling in the UK even though other sources disagreeYes. I believe zeros is normal usage in Australia. My browser and Word spell checker accept both.
...and one poster claims that both are used and accepted in UK.
Its the third-person singular simple present indicative form of zero.Another claims that "zeroes" is not the plural usage but a tense of the verb "to zero" as in "zeroes in on a target". Anyone know the what that tense would be called?
Ugh ... 'verbed'It is often said that there is no noun in English that can't be verbed
Any English noun can be verbed, but some are more resistant than others
Because I trust you totally I didn't have a scintilla of doubt that this would be true but having also found it on Wikipedia I can authoritatively state that scintillion means 'to sparkle or twinkle' which explains the likely derivation of the common word scintillationBut it is a French word, being both the first-person plural imperfect indicative and first-person plural present subjunctive of scintiller.
What ... ANOTHER holiday?No problem It gives me something to read whilst lying on top of scintillion grains of sand under a heat source a few million plus miles away - or perhaps that should be googolplex of mm. I’m not however lying under a Brazilian of any kind
Have a great holiday CJL wherever you're off to.I didn’t say when I would be reading the thread!! But as it happens I depart Saturday and I’m frantically trying to clear my desk -clients have suddenly cottoned on I’m not around for a week or so and some things must be in and tested before I go....