Thursday, July 08, 2010


I didn't know that the scientific prefixes for large numbers (such as mega and giga) stop at yotta for 10^24, and no officially recognized prefixes exist for 10^27 onwards.

Apparently, there's a Facebook group led by a 20-year old physics student named Austin Sendek to lobby for the use of hella for 10^27.


  1. Ankur Kulkarni said...

    Its ridiculous that Sendek seriously thinks that for "Hella", being a part of his slang is enough to make it a scientific term.

    There a systematic and intuitive scheme (originating from Greek names) that is serving the purpose it was designed for. It would be best if that itself can be converted into a self-perpetuating scheme for representations of larger numbers.