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What is the biggest number?

  1. Sep 25, 2009 #1
     
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  3. Sep 25, 2009 #2

    CompuChip

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    Actually I thought this one was funnier.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2009 #3
    Biggest named number is Googolplex
     
  5. Sep 25, 2009 #4
    Biggest number is ZERO.
     
  6. Sep 25, 2009 #5

    CompuChip

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    Or sup R?
     
  7. Sep 25, 2009 #6
    The biggest number is infinity minus one.
     
  8. Sep 25, 2009 #7

    Integral

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    Are you sure? how about infinity - .5 ... no wait....maybe infinity - .1 .... no wait...

    Gee maybe there is NO biggest number.
     
  9. Sep 25, 2009 #8
    No, its infinity minus one over infinity.
     
  10. Sep 25, 2009 #9
    You're right. My mistake.

    Infinity minus one is the largest WHOLE number.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2009 #10

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    What about [URL [Broken] constant[/url]?
     
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  12. Sep 25, 2009 #11

    DaveC426913

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    Second for Graham's number.

    Infinity is a concept, not a number. Graham's number has the distinction of being the largest number ever used in a serious work of math.

    And it is large indeed. In fact, it leaves 'large' lying upside-down on the dirt track, feet in the air with one shoe off and its frillies billowing in the breeze.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2009 #12

    Redbelly98

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    That would be true if infinity were a whole number, but it isn't.
     
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    Hurkyl

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    While probably true given some interpretation of these words, there are several number systems that have numbers named "infinity" or some variation thereof.
     
  16. Sep 25, 2009 #15

    Hurkyl

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    That's not a big number: that's a big numeral.
     
  17. Sep 25, 2009 #16

    CompuChip

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    No no ,you got it all backwards!

    (And we're back at post #1)
     
  18. Sep 25, 2009 #17
    You're forgetting Jimmy's constant J equal to Graham's constant plus one. There's a mathematical theorem that makes use of Jimmy's constant in the form J - 1.
     
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  19. Sep 25, 2009 #18
    Jimmy's back to mine-is-bigger game.

    I think jobyts constant is bigger than any of other constants. It's defined as Pi without the dot.
     
  20. Sep 25, 2009 #19

    DaveC426913

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    You kill me.
     
  21. Sep 26, 2009 #20
    Sorry, I meant "biggest number known to humanino before Hurkyl's post". Thanks.
     
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