big numbers The Infinite Monkey Theorem The infinite monkey theorem is a bar in Austin, but it is also a very cool mathematical theorem that deals with very big numbers. This article is about the theorem which has become

odd 1+2+3+4+... = -1/12 This is a remarkable and hard to believe consequence in mathematics. If you were to sum the natural numbers all the way to infinity, you would get \(-\frac{1}{12}\). $$ 1+2+

math Graham's number - big numbers blow my mind! One of the most famous big numbers in mathematics is Graham's number. For a while it was the largest number ever used in a legit mathematical proof. That isn't the case anymore but

math The longest finite time ever calculated by a physicist I've written quite a bit on big numbers because I find them fascinating. Two of the areas where you find interesting big numbers are astronomy and cosmology. For example the observable universe is

math The Ackermann function explained The Ackermann function is a recursive function originally invented by Wilhelm Ackermann. It is one of a series of mathematical functions that quickly generates enormous numbers. If you haven't read my article on

math Knuth's up arrow notation explained When we talk about large numbers, we are talking about numbers that are bigger than what we use in our ordinary day to day life. These are numbers typically used by mathematicians in

math How big is googol? Googol is a big number. The search engine was famously named after it. There are several ways that we can think about Googol. Written with exponents, the number can be represented like so: