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There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.”

That is from the late great physicist Richard Feynman. HT to Jay Nerger.

2 Responses to “Will “Googolplex” Soon Just Be an Economical Number?”

  1. Brad Samples says:

    10^11 stars in the Milky Way galaxy?

  2. Patrick says:

    Yes, Brad.
    100,000,000,000 stars in the galaxy, approximately. And that is smaller than the national deficit. Ouch.

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