Will “Googolplex” Soon Just Be an Economical Number?
October 10, 2008 Welfare State

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" Comments
  1. 10^11 stars in the Milky Way galaxy?

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

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