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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Infinite regression... Googling googol

Zero tolerance as Googol plans to take Google to court
A DISPUTE over a very large number of zeroes is threatening to distract attention from a $2.7 billion stock sale by the internet search engine Google.

News of the deal has brought a threat of legal action from the family of Professor Edward Kasner, who invented the word 'googol' in the 1930s to describe a very big number. He wrote about the concept in a 1940 book, describing a googol as the number one followed by a hundred zeroes.

Kasner’s great-niece, Peri Fleisher, now insists that the US-based company has gained financially at the expense of the family. She said: 'If we do have a legal right, we’re certainly going to exercise that. And now is the time.'

How silly is this? Will they be laughed out of court? I hope so.


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