I propose that we merge all numbers from michaelhalm.tripod.com and all numbers from plantstarlargenumbers.wordpress.com into a single page each. These sites seem to be where a lot of our category wars are coming from lately, and if we could merge these into just two pages, it would let us focus on things that are actually important.
I'll start working on the new pages tonight, but the admins would have to approve it to delete the original pages. What are your thoughts?Read more >
April Fools 2018
Do you ever see the FGH everywhere and think "man, I wish there was a community of large number fans to explain it to me"? Learning it by comparing it to other notations is all well and good, but if you're like me, you don't have time for all that. I had to learn BEAF while stroking my BEAF, for Munafo's sake, and judging by the recent posts, I'm not the only one! I always wanted a quick explanation for what all those weird letters mean, and now I'm giving it to you!
It starts off with the successor function, f0(n), because it looks like fun. This thing just adds 1 to n. Obviously we want to get a bit bigger, and that's where recursion comes in. The FGH just does the same thing over and over again. If we go to f1(n), it run…
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I know the FGH is stronger, but that's more a series of functions than a notation.
I'll admit I don't really understand the notation yet, but I've never heard anyone say another computable notation is stronger except maybe the ill-defined parts of BEAF. Is anything computable stronger than BAN?Read more >
I used to edit Bloons Conception wiki years ago. So did SuperJedi224, TheMostAwesomer and even the guy who made Genu's Number (I'm not sure if the "even" is sarcastic or not). In addition, while Logo12 didn't join this wiki, he made this joke conception at one point, so he's heard of this too, and there might be others I don't know about.
The thing is, our communities are around the same size (aka tiny), there's never been any contact between the two wikis, and at least three of us (not sure about the Genu guy) had stopped editing BCoW months or years before we got here. My point is, it'd be a crazy coincidence if we all found googology randomly. Why are there so many of us?
EDIT: Turns out Angrybirdstd just showed up too. That makes five.…
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How do people approximate numbers with it? At lower levels, it's pretty easy (I get why w+1(64) is comparable to Graham's number, for example), but right around 2w+x it feels like you can't possibly picture how the calculations would work. How would you know if a number was equal to, say, w^w^w(16), let alone the higher ordinals? Is it just extrapolating from smaller numbers in the same notation, or is it something else?Read more >