Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Going by the numbers...

This blog has now hit 1,000 entries!

But what is 1,000 compared to this number:

So, one zetta = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

One step higher than the zetta is the yotta, with 24 noughts after the digit one.

How does the "naming" system work? It starts with the humble deca, with only one zero after one ie 10 to the power of one (10). Next is the hecto, or 10 to the power of two (100); the kilo, or 10 to the power of three (1,000); and so on.

Wikipedia has provided a chart:


So, if you have never heard of femto, atto, zepto and yocto, check out the link above.


How about this for a numbers puzzle?...

Use eight (8) exactly eight times to make a thousand.


Next, how many zeros in a zillion, ie, how much is a zillion? Here's the answer:



Zero is, mathematically, a number. But did you know it is also a given name? For instance, there is the American actor Zero Mostel ("Fiddler on the Roof"):



Numbers can get a politician into trouble, like this one:

Many Japanese nationalists think he's a hero but people in countries like China and South Korea will probably rate him a zero. As they say, from hero to zero!


Finally, one answer -- but not the only solution -- to the numbers puzzle above is:

888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8

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