Towards Math

Various Powers of Ten

It is very easy to compute various powers of 10. In fact

that is, 10n is a 1 trailed by n zeroes. Thus

100 = 1, 101 = 10, 102 = 100, 103 = 1000, . . .

A googol is 10100, a term that was invented by the then nine-year-old Milton Sirotta in 1920. The name of the search engine Google is a misspelling of googol.

Incidentally, here are the names of powers of ten and million and over:


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