- Mind, Blown. July 23
Graham's Number is an upper bound on a mathematical proof that I don't grasp very well, but what it's famous for is being really big. How big? You almost certainly can't imagine it. Watch the video below, but here's a motivating idea: if you tried to write the number as a "tower of powers" (3^3^3^3...) there wouldn't be enough atoms in the universe to write it all out.
Check out Graham himself explain how his number works. --Ryan Cooper
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How academia's liberal bias is killing social science
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Why Pakistan won't hunt down the terrorists within its borders
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Sorry, GOP, tax cuts don't pay for themselves
- Vox, derp, and the intellectual stagnation of the left
- What is Molly? Everything you need to know about the party drug
- A brief history of the Christmas present
Subscribe to the Week