The term was actually coined by a 9 year old American kid in 1938 called Milton Sirotta. Milton was the nephew of Edward Kasner a famous US mathematician who wanted a name for the number, that was the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeros. This unimaginably large number was proposed to count extremely large quantities, such as estimating particles in the known Universe. Kasner chose this non-sensical word from the young Milton as the name for this number. The ‘Googol’ entered the vocabulary and was picked up by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1996 when their search engine ‘research project’ was first made live. The connection to the Googol is that Larry and Sergey wanted people to see Google as returning huge quantities of results.
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