13 February 2009

World's Largest Number Discovered!

PALO ALTO, CA - An international mathematics research team announced today that they had discovered a new integer that surpasses any previously known value "by a totally mindblowing s---load." Project director Yujin Xiao of Stanford University said the theoretical number, dubbed a "stimulus," could lead to breakthroughs in fields as diverse as astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and Chicago asphalt contracting.

"Unlike previous large numbers like the Googleplex or the Bazillionty, the Stimulus has no static numerical definition," said Xiao. "It keeps growing and growing, compounding factorially, eating up all zeros in its path. It moves freely across Cartesian dimensions and has the power to make any other number irrational."

More here. Hat tip to Darren. The really funny thing is, when I first read this I was just waking up and thought this was some Democratic propaganda.

6 comments:

  1. Some days I struggle just getting from 1 to 10. All numbers are already irrational in my book & I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. :D Do I take it this will help somebody somewhere do something helpful & interesting?

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  2. LOL it's political commentary on "TOO MUCH" spending.

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  3. lol, I should have checked the link. Maybe then I wouldn't have been so comfuzzled.

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  4. I only wish that stimulus were an imaginary number . . . I have already told David that, when he and his children complain about praying for all this, that I did not vote for those who love the number stimulus.

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  5. [laughing] That totally cracked me up. And it would be even better if it weren't so close to reality...

    ~Luke

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