Last Updated on: February 2nd, 2017
Ever see the commercial that asks children “What’s the largest number in the world?” The first response is “infinity“, the second is “infinity plus one” and the last response is “infinity times infinity”. As a math teacher, this makes me laugh. Wait until these kids get to high school. Their response will probably be “infinity to the power of infinity”!
Numbers have always fascinated me. I think the reason for this is because I learned numbers when counting money. My dad used to pull coins out of his pockets and teach me how to count when I was very young. Size does not always indicate value, or worth, either, since a nickel is physically larger than a dime but is worth only half of what a dime is worth. Maybe that’s where the saying “good things come in small packages” come from…
Counting is fun for many children, and for some adults, too. Recently I came across an article about computers, and memory/storage sizes. Being a non-technological person, I was astounded at some of the large sizes, numbers, and words that exist and have wended their way into our lexicon.
The article is called “How Big Is A Petabyte, Exabyte, Zettabyte, Or A Yottabyte?” and is a fascinating read, even for non-techies like me!
Since we’re talking numbers here, I guess I should mention that a pretty big prime number has been found, and consists of over 17 million digits in length. If you don’t believe me, then read “What has 17,425,170 digits, has sparked a positive flurry of excitement and has little practical value?”
If this is what techies do for fun, then I am proud to be a non-techie! 🙂
YOUR TURN: Do you like numbers? Money? Counting? Let me know in the comment section, please!