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Graduate Seminar

Brian Kell
Carnegie Mellon University
Title: Large numbers

Abstract: There is an old joke about two English noblemen, who make a wager on who can name the larger number. The first thinks for hours before finally announcing, "Eighty-three!" The second, greatly impressed, ponders this for a while before conceding, "You win." So what is the largest (finite) number you can name? In this talk I will present a succession of increasingly powerful notations and paradigms for naming large numbers, and in the end we will come to numbers unimaginably larger than anything that can be named with an -illion.

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 8220
Submitted by:  Brian Kell