10^40 is close enough to infinity for us humans

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Omega Force

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Spanish
Hello.

I'm speaking about a very big number, 10^40 which a 1 followed by 40 zeroes, and I would like to say that it is "close enough to infinity for us humans"...

Like if someone ask "Is the number infinite?" and I reply "It's 10^40, so yes in a sense it's near infinity".

But I'm not sure how I could say it in a very elegant way. I would like some suggestions please.

Thanks in advance for your answers.
 
  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    Your thread title seems to me to be the way to say what you want to say:
    "10^40 is close enough to infinity for us humans"
    and I would say 10^40 as "ten to the fortieth". Saying "power" is redundant if talking to people who have some understanding of big numbers, and meaningless to those who have none.
     

    srk

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Omega Force said:
    I would like to say that it is "close enough to infinity for us humans"...

    I wouldn't say that around a street gang of mathematicians. Even the stay-at-home types get testy at that kind of insult.

    You might say that 10^40 is more than a billion times the diameter of the observable universe in inches
    — not infinite but unimaginably large.
     

    Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    Saying "power" is redundant if talking to people who have some understanding of big numbers, and meaningless to those who have none.
    I estimate that 10% of the audience have some understanding of big numbers (enough to appreciate srk's observation that 10^40 is not near infinity),
    and another 10% have none, leaving 80% for whom "power" is not redundant.:)
    C'mon, people, where are the poets in this crowd? We're talking rhetoric, not mathematics.
     
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