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djgordy
391533.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:20 am Reply with quote

Google is the name of a popular internet search engine.

The Googleplex is the name of Google's headquarters near San Jose*.

A googol is the number 1.0 x 10^100.

A googolplex is the number 10^googol (i.e. a 1 followed by a googol of zeros).

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Since a googolplex is one followed by a googol zeroes, it would not be possible to write down or store a googolplex in decimal notation, even if all the matter in the known universe were converted into paper and ink or disk drives. Indeed, if you had an unlimited supply of ink and paper, you would need around 10^20 times the current age of universe to fully write down a googolplex.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googolplex

Микола Васильович Гоголь was a Ukrainian born Russian writer whose works can be written down without using up all the matter in the Universe.

*"Do you know the way to San Jose? No? Then you need Googlemap."

 
mrpip
391548.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:17 am Reply with quote

The name 'Google' actually came from a mis-spelling of 'googol', although Google claims it is a 'play' on the word. They're not fooling anyone, you know...

Google, when sited at Stanford University, was originally called 'BackRub'. This is because the index system ranks results based on how many other pages link to them: therefore, it counts the backlinks and that translates into a page's PageRank. Its first server was made of Perspex sheets and Lego.

 
bemahan
643454.  Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:54 am Reply with quote

Here's a piccy of the first Google server, made of Lego. I like to think that the word 'Google' was constructed with both the words 'googol' and 'Lego' in mind.

 
PDR
643495.  Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:51 pm Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:

The Googleplex is the name of Google's headquarters near San Jose*.


Are you sure? I thought a googleplex was a psychosis brought on by the fear that Google wouldn't rank your website high enough to appear on the first page of search results.

A googlewhack essentially describes 90% of the use google was put to in the late 90s.

PDR

 
thedrew
644061.  Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:06 pm Reply with quote

Googleplex is in Mountain View, California - a suburb of San Jose. It contains rubber balls, bean bag chairs, and a piano in the lobby with a screen that projects live google searches. There is a gym, laundry facilities, two swimming pools, a beach volleyball court, a dinosaur skeleton, and hiking trails that lead to Shoreline Park and the Shoreline Amplitheatre.

A QI bit about the Shoreline Amplitheatre is that it was built on a landfill in the San Francisco Bay. In its early years there were reports of methane leaks that began when someone discarded a lit cigarette at a concert and fireball erupted. The lawn and seats were subsequently removed, a large membrane was installed, and new seats and grass went over it.

A friend of mine used to work for Google, here's the origin of the name: http://graphics.stanford.edu/~dk/google_name_origin.html

 
Celebaelin
644116.  Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:05 am Reply with quote

Amplitheatre?

 
Moosh
644129.  Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:05 am Reply with quote

Another interesting thing about the Shoreline Amphitheatre is that it was built jointly by the concert promoter Bill Graham, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who I doubt is one of Google's favourite people.

 
Jenny
644300.  Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:02 pm Reply with quote

Interesting side-note on 'Google' as a name - in the early days of advertising it was noted that 'oo' was a very appealing sound (think of rhymes like June, croon, tune, spoon...), and so was born
Barney Google with the "goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes", based on a song sung in 1923 by Billy Rose, to which the lyrics are:

BARNEY GOOGLE
(Billy Rose and Con Conrad, 1923)

Who's the most important man this country ever knew?
Do you know what politician I have reference to?
Well, it isn't Mr. Bryan, and it isn't Mr. Hughes.
I've got a hunch that to that bunch I'm going to introduce:
(Again you're wrong and to this throng I'm going to introduce:)

Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google bet his horse would win the prize.
When the horses ran that day,
Spark Plug ran the other way.
Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.

Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google had a wife three times his size
She stood Barney for divorce
Now he's living with his horse
Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.

Who's the greatest lover that this country ever knew?
And who's the man that Valentino takes his hat off to?
No, it isn't Douglas Fairbanks that the ladies rave about.
When he arrives, who makes the wives chase all their husbands out?

Why, it's Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google is the guy who never buys.
Women take him out to dine,
Then he steals the waiter's dime.
Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.

Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google is the luckiest of guys.
If he fell in to the mud,
He'd come up with a diamond stud.
Barney Google with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.

Who's the greatest fire chief this country ever saw?
Who's the man who loves to hear the blazing buildings roar?
Anytime the house is burning, and the flames leap all about,
Say, tell me do, who goes, "kerchoo!" and puts the fire out?

Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google, thought his horse could win the prize.
He got odds of ten to eight;
Spark Plug came in three days late.
Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.

Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google tried to enter paradise.
When Saint Peter saw his face,
He said, "Go to the other place."
Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.

You can hear it on an mp3 file here.

 
thedrew
644408.  Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:54 pm Reply with quote

Moosh wrote:
Another interesting thing about the Shoreline Amphitheatre is that it was built jointly by the concert promoter Bill Graham, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who I doubt is one of Google's favourite people.


I remember reading that Bill Graham designed it specifically for the Grateful Dead tour. They were supposed to be the first act at the Shoreline, but Jerry Garcia fell into a coma.

 

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