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Middle Ages [it's all mine now?]

I was bought up in a small township in Eltham (Leslie Townsend Hope's also) in South London, now live in The-Garden-of-Kent aerial during the fifties Elvis was beginning to make a noise and ....in contempt of court

Friday, June 11, 2004

Category: Figures

How many naughts in a billion then, I was surprised to see this on the front page of a major UK news medium as it is shown
here There has always been confusion between what the British and the Americans call a billion. In the UK, a billion is 1,000,000,000,000 (10^12) but in the US it is only 1,000,000,000 (10^9). In the US, the name represents the number of groups of three zeros after the initial 1,000 - so that a billion is two groups of three after the 1,000, or 1,000,000,000 - a trillion is three groups of three, and a decillion is ten groups of three zeros after the 1,000 (a total of 33 zeros). The US centillion is therefore 1,000 followed by 300 zeros (or a total of 303).


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