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.