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The origins of Google

  1. Dec 27, 2004 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    The other day I happened to think about the origins of the word Google. In his book Cosmos, Carl Sagan told how the nine year old nephew of the mathematician Edward Kasner was allowed to invent the name for the number 10100. He named it a googol. I have always assumed that this was the motivation for the name Google, but not so.

    http://blog.outer-court.com/history/google.html

    It seemed worth a post.
     
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  3. Dec 27, 2004 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    True or false? I'm still looking.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2004 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    There we go. I was right. :rofl: I thought that first link was debunking urban legends, not creating them!!! :blushing:
    http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google
     
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  5. Dec 27, 2004 #4
    Boy are you fast. I was about to post the link...
     
  6. Dec 27, 2004 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    I had read all but the last bit of the page. :biggrin: I read that and thought, wow, that's really interesting and surprising!

    This has not been a good night. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  7. Dec 27, 2004 #6
    We'll see about that... :wink:

    Oh, here's some fun facts as well
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/corporate/history.html

     
  8. Dec 27, 2004 #7
    This is all very interesting, but on the first article posted by Ivan, it said:

    on the second:
    I am mainly concerned with the years here. The car company mentioned on the first quote I have just posted was of the year 1923, whereas Kasner invented the word similar to it in 1938. So how do you know Kasner didn't get the idea for the word from the company of 1923?

    sorry if I'm being too analytical....
     
  9. Dec 27, 2004 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    That first link is complete satire, or something... It was only when I noticed that the story is copy protected that I realized that I'd been had. Like I said, this has not been a good night.
     
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