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Old 03-26-2009, 05:58 AM
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The Trillion Dollar Question

And the question is, how much is a trillion? These big numbers can be confusing so here is the werd from a mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/25/trillion-dollar-rescue-plan.

He has some answers for us
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:09 AM
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Fascinating... particularly the number 10 section, relating to Babylonians. Nice stuff, Strongy.
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And the question is, how much is a trillion? These big numbers can be confusing so here is the werd from a mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/25/trillion-dollar-rescue-plan.

He has some answers for us
That's a very very interesting find SITA. You sure been up to counting numbers today or maybe some one million rupees to come up with this.

Anyway, I like the issue about the zero as
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the authorities were so suspicious of it that in 1299 the government of Florence banned its use.
and the infinity for the kids.

Although some young children I heard when they're boasting around (which I do too when I was a kid) said to own some millions of millions of infinite money.
 
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:02 PM
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Interesting stuff Strongy.

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If you lined up the 1.5tn pound coins that were reported to have been wiped off the global markets on one single black Friday, they would get you from here to Mars.
Whoah! I wonder how many people and how long will it take to line up all those 1.5tn pound coins.
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Old 03-28-2009, 12:50 PM
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I thought this was rather amusing.

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in 1874, a mathematician called Georg Cantor revealed that there are many sorts of infinity, some larger than others. He also showed how one can make sense of adding and multiplying infinities. He paid for his investigation, however, spending much of his life in a German mental asylum in Halle.
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I know one thing... if I had a trillion pennies I would have a new full time job....

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For a long time, I thought Bill Gates was going to become the first trillionaire. Now I am having a second thought on that.
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Good Lord!
Does Zimbabwe has hundred trillion $ notes.
 
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in 1874, a mathematician called Georg Cantor revealed that there are many sorts of infinity, some larger than others. He also showed how one can make sense of adding and multiplying infinities."

Yeah, infinity is actually twice as big as infinity, when you think about it. If you have an infinite sequence of numbers - such as 2,4,6,8... - then yes, it is infinite but logically contains only half as many numbers as the sequence 1,2,3,4... ; and it contains half as many numbers again as the infinite sequence 3,6,9,12...

I don't like to think about it, I wouldn't want to end up like Cantor.
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fascinating magic of numbers...it really is remarkable how numbers relate to one another,,
 
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