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December 13, 2014

From 1,000,000 to Graham's Number

Just going to a fifth arrow would have made my head explode,
but the number of arrows in g2 isn’t five—it’s far, far more than the number of Planck volumes that could fit in the universe, far, far more than a googolplex, and far, far more than INSANITY. And that’s the number of arrows. That’s the level of operation g2 uses. Graham’s number iterates on the concept of iterations. It bundles the hyperoperation sequence itself
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Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 13, 2014 12:00 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I've done some of the math in this, and he's right as far as he's gone.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 14, 2014 10:56 AM

I am most fascinated by the guy's comment at the end, how Graham's number helped him accept his own mortality... that he doesn't want to live forever because forever is just too, too much. I think it is like anyone who really sees the wonder of God (Goodness, Beauty, Power, Size, Holiness, any of His attributes) and says, "OK, I should just die now!" Or like Isaiah said, "Woe is me!" Our ability to experience Life is so limited that exposure to the Real Thing makes us despair of ever really living.

Posted by: Brokenberggren [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 15, 2014 9:46 AM

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