Google is one of the most well-known technology corporations in the world. It has had such an enormous impact on our daily lives that the phrase “to google something” has become a verb. If all of the unique web pages in Google’s index were printed out, a five-sheet thick piece of paper would cover North America. Google would be the 70th richest country in the earth if it were a country.
Google is a misspelling of the word “googol.” A googol is a mathematical word that means “ten multiplied by one hundred.” That is, 1 followed by 100 zeros. However, such description may not fully convey the magnitude of a googol.
For example, the universe is thought to contain around 10 to the power of 80 atoms. So, even if you counted each and every particle in the cosmos one by one, you wouldn’t even get close to a googol. Of course, it’s still less than the total number of moves conceivable in a game of chess– 10 to the power 120. And if those figures aren’t enough to make your head spin, imagine the googolplex.
The universe, for example, is expected to have roughly 10 to the power of 80 atoms. So you wouldn’t even get close to a googol if you counted every single particle in the universe one by one. Of course, it’s still a fraction of the total number of moves possible in a chess game– 10 to the power 120. Imagine the googolplex if those statistics aren’t enough to make your head spin.
Instead, Kasner proposed that googolplex be defined as “ten raised to the power of a googol.” Clearly, this is a ridiculously large number. In fact, if a googolplex were printed on paper, the paper would weigh more than the entire mass of the Milky Way. It’s a massive, slightly ridiculous scientific concept, which makes it an easy choice for a tech firm.
As a result, when Larry Page was trying to come up with a name for his company, someone proposed naming it after the googol. Page loved the concept and asked a buddy, Sean Anderson, to see if the domain name was still available. However, when Anderson typed the domain’s name, he misspelt it as “Google.” Google Inc. was founded after Page rapidly determined that he preferred this spelling.
Even if the Google name is a touch ridiculous, it’s a lot better than the moniker Page and Brin were considering. They started working on a search programme that would eventually become Google when they were both students at Stanford University. The two dubbed the programme “BackRub” since it looked for backlinks. You may credit a typo, an unusually large number, and a nine-year-old child for the fact that you can “Google” something instead of “BackRubbing” it.