Any very large number.
The number 10 raised to the power 100 (10100 ), written out as the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.
The number 1 followed by 100 zeros; 10100
The number 10 raised to the 100th power (10100 ), written out as 1 followed by 100 zeros.
An extremely large number. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, a young nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner (1878-1955), who said a googol was 1 followed by 100 zeros (10100). Since a googol is so large that it encompasses everything in the universe and then some, it just means a "gargantuan amount." An even larger amount is a googolplex. See Googleplex and Google.
Origin of googol
- Coined at the age of nine by Milton Sirotta, nephew of Edward Kasner (1878–1955), American mathematician
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Made up in 1938 by the nine year old Milton Sirrota, the nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner who had asked Milton for the hypothetical number of 10 to the 100th.