# million, billion, trillion... then what?

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1. ### qfrontierCaptain Of StarshipRegistered Senior Member

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million,billion,trillion...then what?

What comes after trillion? Then after that...?

3. ### Adam§Þ@ç€ MØnk€¥Registered Senior Member

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Well, if you wish to use the proper terms, you must inlcude:
- million = one thousand times one thousand.
- milliard = one thousand times one million.
- billion = one million times one million.

However, since US terms have flooded the globe in the last 50 years or so, everyone instead uses "billion" now in place of "milliard".

5. ### James RJust this guy, you know?Staff Member

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million = 10<sup>6</sup>
billion = 10<sup>9</sup>
trillion = 10<sup>12</sup>
quintillion = 10<sup>18</sup>
hexillion = 10<sup>21</sup>
heptillion = 10<sup>24</sup>
octillion = 10<sup>27</sup>
nonillion = 10<sup>30</sup>
decillion = 10<sup>33</sup>
unodecillion = 10<sup>36</sup>
duodecillion = 10<sup>39</sup>
etc.

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9. ### AntimodeRegistered Member

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Just as a curiosity in response to OD's post;

In Swedish, "Miljard" (milliard) comes after "Miljon" (million).

10. ### SaithRegistered Senior Member

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Here's a site that shows you numbers in pennies. Each link 1-18 shows you what a certain amount of pennies looks like, increasing in numbers as you go up. And also has links to some other sites.

http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/nineteen.asp

11. ### GiftedWorld WandererRegistered Senior Member

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Someone bothered to figure out what a billion pennies look like?

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one
deci/deca
centi/hecta
milli/kilo
??

13. ### overdozehumanRegistered Senior Member

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micro/mega
nano/giga
pico/tera
femto/peta
atto/exa
zepto/zetta
yocto/yotta

Any questions?

Actually, I've often wondered how the various prefixes came about, and why some appear to match up nicely (e.g. yocto/yotta) while others seem totally mismatched (e.g. atto/exa). Leave it to the Europeans to come up with some hair-raising name scheme.

14. ### GiftedWorld WandererRegistered Senior Member

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I think they're Latin, but thanks!

15. ### WalkerHard Work!Registered Senior Member

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Dood!

If you were to encode the English alphabetjust by substituting each letter with another, there would be seventeen septillian different possible combinations. Pretty crazy!

16. ### StryderKeeper of "good" ideas.Valued Senior Member

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Actually one Billion is a disputed sum.

It seems most of the world has one Billion as:

1,000,000,000,000

But I think (correct me If I'm wrong) America has it down as:

1,000,000,000

Thats why when I saw \$50 Billion worth of bonds it wasn't worth any more than £35 Thousand Million's (which is are also called Billion's)

So an English Billionaire is actually richer than his American counterpart even if they have the same number of differnt billions.

17. ### GiftedWorld WandererRegistered Senior Member

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I think you're correct

1-one
1,000-one thousand
1,000,000-one million
1,000,000,000-one billion

18. ### Phrenetic:DRegistered Senior Member

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does this mean that "trillion" doesn't actually exist?

19. ### GiftedWorld WandererRegistered Senior Member

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At billion, it starts up a prefix thing.
1,000,000,000-billion
1,000,000,000,000-trillion
1,000,000,000,000,000,000-quintillion

and it goes from there most of the way.

a google, 1 times 10 to the 100th, was named by a mathmatician's three(or somewhere around there)-year-old, when asked about "what to call a 1 with 100 zeroes behind it.

20. ### AgesilausRegistered Senior Member

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Don't neglect the googleplex which is a (google)**google a number so large that it cannot be written down.

21. ### GiftedWorld WandererRegistered Senior Member

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1x10 to the 100x10 to the 100th?

22. ### AgesilausRegistered Senior Member

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Hmm actually I mistated it, I just checked and it is ((10)^10)^100 not (10^100)^(10^100). But irregardless it is supposed to be larger than the number of atoms in the universe and thus it is unwritable in long form base ten.

23. ### Pollux VRa Bless AmericaRegistered Senior Member

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If the number were written out it might extend from one end of the universe to the other. Pretty trippy, huh?