Infographic: Big Numbers Count – World Science Festival


Even if you’re not a mathematician trading daily in numbers of all manner, you deal with them regularly. Ever since humans have had to send ships, trade goods, track natural events, they’ve played an important role in a variety of activities.

But they tend to be manageable (even if counting can present a challenge). But what about big numbers? Huge numbers? The near-unfathomable ones? How can we wrap our heads around them?

Big Numbers and the Brain or: Ouch, My Head Hurts

Tim Chartier, an associate professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College, says there’s a point at which numbers become difficult for us to grasp

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via Infographic: Big Numbers Count – World Science Festival.

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