Re: billions and billions of stars.... was: Re: Another easter egg in gnome-something...
Rob Starling wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 12, 2001 at 01:42:42PM -0400, Buddha Buck wrote:
> > At 07:19 PM 09-12-2001 +0200, Neal H Walfield wrote:
> > > > It looks like we're getting confused between the UK billion and the
> > > American billion. (Apologies to all other countries who use one or the other.)
> > > >
> > > > American (including Unix) = 10^9
> > > > British = 10^12
> > >
> > >What the heck do the British call 10^9? And further more, is 10^15 a
> > >trillion (in the British system)?
> > I'm not British, but I believe the system is:
> > American British
> > 1000 Thousand Thousand
> > 10^6 Million Million
> > 10^9 Billion Thousand Million (or a Milliard)
> > 10^12 Trillion Billion
> > 10^15 Quadrillion Thousand Billion
> > 10^18 Quintillion Trillion
> > 10^21 Sextillion Thousand Trillion
> > 10^24 Septillion Quadrillion
> > etc.
> which actually makes more sense than the american system --
> in the american system, a "bi-illion" is not two of anything that
> a "mono-illion" is one of. however, in the british system, think
> of a million as a factor of 10^6 -- then a "bi-illion" is simply
> two of the factors, or 10^12 (and so on with a "tri-illion" -
> the american system is a wacky off-by-one kinda of thing, where
> a "million" is *two* factors of 10^3, a "billion" is *three* of
> these factors, a "trillion" *four*, and so on.
> at least the SI prefixes are unchanged in the british system!
Just for add to the fun, I'd say that in México (and every
spanish-speaking country I believe) we use
10^9 mil millones
etc. Similar to the british system.
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