## Adding a dimension: seventeen essays on the history of science |

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The exponent, then, is a 1 followed by a hundred

I won't. Instead, I'll say that a googolplex can be written as: 10lol00orevenl0lol°2

The googol itself can be written out easily. I did it at the beginning of the article ...

The exponent, then, is a 1 followed by a hundred

**zeros**, and I could write that, butI won't. Instead, I'll say that a googolplex can be written as: 10lol00orevenl0lol°2

The googol itself can be written out easily. I did it at the beginning of the article ...

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Thus, the Greeks accepted no number smaller than

than nothing? To them, consequently, the equation x + 5 = 3 had no solution.

How can you add 5 to any number and have 3 as a result? Even if you added 5 to

...

Thus, the Greeks accepted no number smaller than

**zero**. How can there be lessthan nothing? To them, consequently, the equation x + 5 = 3 had no solution.

How can you add 5 to any number and have 3 as a result? Even if you added 5 to

...

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If you represent complex numbers as all numbers of the form +a + bi, then the

real numbers are all those complex numbers in which b happens to be equal to

be ...

If you represent complex numbers as all numbers of the form +a + bi, then the

real numbers are all those complex numbers in which b happens to be equal to

**zero**. And imaginary numbers are all the complex numbers m which a happens tobe ...

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One Ten Buckle My Shoe | 14 |

Varieties of the Infinite | 27 |

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