Subject: Re: Google calculator, largest values, beer
To: Jim Wise <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: regional-nyc
Date: 10/13/2003 18:03:06
Jim Wise wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Oct 2003, Lindgren, Jon wrote:
> >Someone, over beers of yore, metioned the largest value they could get out
> >of the google calculator (something to do with the surface area of something
> >in barns).  What was it?  What expression was used to generate it?
> Well, we can bound the problem pretty easily:
> 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
> cubic yottameter in cubic yoctometers
> works, but the addition of a single zero causes a failure.
> Anyone want to partition those bounds and come back with a more exact
> figure?  :-)

i forgot to mention that there were rules.  you're not allowed simply to
add si prefixes in order to reach higher orders of magnitude and the use
of "square" or "cubic" is only allowed in order to achieve conformability
of units.

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