170 factorial

170! Is 170 Factorial Google's limit?

That's a big number! 


Apparently the largest number google is willing to cache/calculate via the factorial function is 170.

 

 

But who says you have to stop there :-)   Even larger numbers await!

 

How about:

 

170!+170!*2

 

 

More Google calculator fun:

 

Binary arithmetic and base conversion via google:

Binary 0101 plus Binary 0100 

 

0b101+0b100 in decimal

 

0b101+0b100 in hex

 

 

Cleverly, Google chose to prfeix  octal (base 8) numbers with 0o.  

Always pays to read the google manual :-)

 

The Zero-Oh octal prefix avoids two problems.

 

  The first problem with a leading zero is an octal prefix as in AWK,  so 011 is 8 rather than 11 as seen in:

 

$ awk 'BEGIN { print 2+11; print 2+011;}'
13
11
$




The second problem is vanishing leading zeroes.  This problem plagues the northeastern US ZIP codes that get tossed into Excel.  06612 becomes 6612.  Wow! Look a 4 digit ZIP code :-(

 

Putting Northeast ZIP codes through awk is even worse:

 

$ awk 'BEGIN { print "06612"; print 6612; print 06612;}'
06612
6612
3466
$

 ZIP+4 zipcode makes things even worse :-)  First octal, now subtraction!!!


 


$ awk 'BEGIN { print "06612-1601"; print 6612-1601; print 06612-1601;}'
06612-1601
5011
1865
$


 

 

Oh, a good way to make a scientific calculator seem dead is force it to take a very long time to calculate something.  Try to calculate things like 69!

 

Enjoy,

Chris 

 

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