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    what is the largest number upto which we can count?


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    Is there any reason why you are suddenly spamming the board with these pointless threads?


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    Quote Originally Posted by parag1973
    what is the largest number upto which we can count?
    It depends on the person. For example, I can count to one number higher than whatever you can count to.
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    Let me guess. You must be Selene.
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    Haha, I win! I sussed out another Selene sock, forcing her to take back her posts and go back to where she came from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneBennet
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    Let me guess. You must be Selene.
    Who is Selene?
    You are. Or if you’re not, you are behaving very much like her.
    Really Jane, how can you accuse a new member like that without any proof, or even a sample of more than 7 posts? Let it go, jeez..
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    I dunno... there's something Selene-ish about her;
    tha style of speech, 1-2 line brakes... well thats about it all
    ya can neva know when she'll come back :-D

    Eather way, 7 posts is not a good stock to judge upon... :?

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    funny enough, without even seeing a single post by Absum!, just the choice of username made me think (rightly or wrongly) : Minxy/Selene

    call it male intuition
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    hey folks what about my question?
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    i'm afraid that your question is unanswerable
    there is no final number, meaning that each number has an infinite number of numbers greater than itself
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    I assume that one can count untill he falls asleep; which then he stops counting? :?

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    you still can count (sheep?) in your sleep
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    Quote Originally Posted by parag1973
    what is the largest number upto which we can count?
    If you can say one number per second, count for every second of your life, and live to be 150, you could go as far as 4,730,400,000...

    In the 'early' days, over a thousand years ago, before the Indian number notation system became well known, it was a matter of great importance to actually know the largest number.

    There is a legend of how the Buddha (before his enlightenment), at the swayamvara of his future bride, out-did all the other suitors not just in the matter of his archery skills, but also in being able to recite the names of larger numbers than any of the others.

    With the Indian notation (most importantly the invention of the place-marker function for zero) we can write down, using that notation, any finite number. So the question of what is the largest number is now irrelevant.

    The question of what is the largest number you can count to? Well, my result above might help provide a ball-park figure...
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    sunshinewarrior, you've given the best answer to the question so far. Let me continue your vein of thought by adding the following ideas.

    We (most of us (many of us?)) believe there is only finitely much matter in the universe. So this implies there is a largest number you can write down in decimal notation--each digit you write down contains at least one atom, so you're going to use up all of the matter in the universe at some point. Similarly, imagine a gigantic hard drive made up of all the matter in the universe. There is a maximum number of bits of data that this hard drive can contain, and so there is a largest binary number it can consider.

    Also, check out Doug Hofstadter's experiment in Scientific American, specifically the "luring lottery":

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platonia_dilemma

    His intent was different from ours, but still it's interesting to see what people will do when asked to name the largest number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absum!
    Do you know what Absum means?
    from the latin verb "abesse", to be absent / not present - "i'm not here"
    can also mean "i'm out of here"

    exactly the type of high-brow clever ditty Selene would come up with (remember the "ascendo tuum!" avatar ?)
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    The largest number is called a Googol

    This is where Google got their name from.

    However, if you are asking what is the largest number a human has ever counted to, then I guess checking guiness book of records may be a start and if there is no entry yet, give it a go!

    Meanwhile..from link below:
    http://unasked.com/Question15492.htm

    "One person made a strong point saying it is impossible to count to a billion in one life time.
    Here are some other facts.
    Lagest number ever factored according to the Guinness Book of World Records 1991 is RSA-200, 35324619344027701212726049781984643686711974001976 25023649303468776121253679423200058547956528088349 times 79258699544783330333470858414800596877379758573642 19960734330341455767872818152135381409304740185467 , which was factored by a four-man team in 2005

    The highest number ever used in a mathematical proof is known as Graham's number. It concerns bichromatic hypercubes and is inexpressible without the special `arrow' notation, devised by Knuth in 1976, extended to 64 layers.

    Largest named number In a standard abridged dictionary of the English language is the named number, centillion with a googolplex( 10 ^ {100} a googolplex 10 ^ {10^{100}} "
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    Quote Originally Posted by serpicojr
    Quote Originally Posted by parag1973
    what is the largest number upto which we can count?
    It depends on the person. For example, I can count to one number higher than whatever you can count to.
    The problem with that is you have to restart from 1 again.

    EDIT: or zero
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    They can count together
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivideByZero
    Quote Originally Posted by serpicojr
    Quote Originally Posted by parag1973
    what is the largest number upto which we can count?
    It depends on the person. For example, I can count to one number higher than whatever you can count to.
    The problem with that is you have to restart from 1 again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theoryofrelativity
    The largest number is called a Googol

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    "Largest named number In a standard abridged dictionary of the English language is the named number, centillion with a googolplex( 10 ^ {100} a googolplex 10 ^ {10^{100}}"
    Didn't you just contradict yourself here?
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