# Largest named number

Many of us might not have heard these terms, as these are not the ones that often occur in our lives. All of us know about large numbers, which are those that exceed a million. Now, these two terms were invented to name the largest numbers.

We’re going to address Googol and Googolplex in this article separately so that we have a better idea of what these terms are and how these were invented.

#### Origin of both the terms

Edward Kasner, an American mathematician, asked his nine-year-old nephew Milton Sirotta what he would call a number with 100 zeros. He thought it should be named something equally silly as the question itself. He took a little time and then replied “Googol” and further went on to invent “Googolplex,” a number that has endless zeros or can be written as 10googol. Therefore, both these terms, Googol and Googolplex, were created by a kid.

#### Googol

It is a mathematical term used to describe a number that has a hundred zeros after a single digit. It is denoted as 10100 in power since writing a hundred zeros would be quite exhausting. It has no significance in particular but can be used while comparing it with other large numbers.

Edward Kasner popularised this term “Googol” in his book “Mathematics and the Imagination, ” published in 1940.

• It is larger than the number of hydrogen atoms in the universe ( that being 1080).
• The largest and most famous search engine “Google” was named after it because the founders of Google were fascinated with mathematics from their early days.
• The term was coined by a 9-year-old who thought that only a silly answer could be given to a stupid question when he was asked by his uncle to name a digit with hundred zeros.
• Googol is also called “ten duotrigintillion” on the short scale, “ten thousand sexdecillion” on the long scale, and “ten sexdecilliard” on the Peletier long scale.

#### Googolplex

A googolplex is a mathematical number 10googol, or equivalent to . It is written as 1 followed by 10100 zeros; in simple words, it is 1 followed by googol zeros.

Earlier, its definition differed as it was described as 1 followed by writing zeros until you get tired. He later thought of giving it a more organized and uniform definition since different individuals get tired at different times.