To celebrate one billion seconds of his life on March 1, 2020, artist and designer Daniel de Bruin (previously) built an incredible gear-driven machine that visualizes 10100 or the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
This mind-bending number is known as Googol, which was discovered by mathematician Edward Kasner (and named by his young nephew). It is larger than both the number of hypothetical moves in a chess game or the size of the visible universe.
That’s a 1 with a hundred zeros. A number that’s bigger than the atoms in the known universe.In order to get the last gear to turn once you’ll need to spin the first one a googol amount around. Or better said you’ll need more energy than the entire known universe has to do that. That boggles my mind. ?