Wednesday, 10 February 2010

One, two, three...

I am being forced by Steve to watch a ridiculous programme about numbers.

They were just talking about the biggest numbers, apparently you can't count to a billion in your lifetime which begs the question, how on earth do we know who is a billionaire and who isn't?

Anyway, apparently one of the biggest numbers is called 'Graham's Number', it was invented by a man called Graham. Original. Graham's Number is an actual scientific thing, it is written in physics papers and astrological journals. It is even mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as 'The Biggest Number Known to Mankind'.

The thing is, Graham doesn't actually know what his number is, it is that big. He doesn't know how many digits it comprises of or what it represents or how big it actually is.

All he does know is that it ends in a '7'.

It is now that I would like to announce the invention of a new, bigger number:

It is exactly the same as Graham's number except it ends in '8'.

It is called 'Livy's Number'.

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