[RC5] 10^(6*int) [off-topic]

C. Jasper Spaans spaans at vvtp.tn.tudelft.nl
Thu Jan 8 01:02:19 EST 1998


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On Wed, 7 Jan 1998, Rick King wrote:

> > Duh? Million*Million -> Billion, Million*Million*Million -> 
> Trillion;

> you are surely joking!

Nope, bloody serious; think about mi-llion = million^1, bi-[i]llion =
million ^2, tri-[i]llion = million^3, quadr-illion = million^4,
quint-illion = million^5, etc.
(and remembering mia, bi, tri, quadr, quint, etc, are words meaning
1,2,3,4,5,.. in greek/latin)

VrGr,
Jasper

PS. Yes, I know this is off-topic; it's just the fact I received 5 e-mails
telling me I "must be joking" - as a small percentage of people reading
these mail replies, I think more people are interested in this and thus
this msg be useful to the list.

  __ ___ __  C. Jasper Spaans
 /     //__  Luchtvaart- en Ruimtevaarttechniek, T.U. Delft
/__ __/ __/  Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology
             finger spaans at vvtp.tn.tudelft.nl for my public PGP-key

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