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Can You Count To A Googol? (Wells of Knowledge Science Series)
You may be able to count all the way to one hundred, but have you ever counted to a googol? It's impossible! In this fun book of numbers, Robert E. Wells explores the wonderful world of zeros and tells how the googol came to be named. Counting to 100 is an accomplishment when you're a kindergartner. This book leads the reader to a number with one hundred zeros--a googol. Using multiples of ten, the pages proceed through the big numbers--thousand, million, billion, trillion, quadrillion and so on. The final page explains how a nine-year-old created the googol name for his mathematician uncle in the late 1930s. Context is provided for the numbers, but not every example is illuminating. one hundred thousand is represented by an illustration of one hundred baskets piled pyramid style with one thousand marshmallows in each basket. One million dollars stacked will fill a crate about this size! But what is this size? We learn when we get to an explanation at the end of the book. The crate would have to be 26 inches wide, 40 inches high and five feet long. such concrete examples are necessary for upper elementary students to understand the meaning of large numbers.
Robert E. Wells
December 31, 1999