Numbers are tricky. Some are too big to think about—like the ‘googol’ (10 to the power of 100), which has so many digits (101) that storing it in our heads would hypothetically turn our brains into a black hole. Even for fathomable numbers, our brains are hardwired to process them like sensory information. Instinctively, but [...]
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Bit: binary digit. This is the bit we hear when people speak of 64-bit processors or 256-bit encryption. Find out what this actually means.
Humans don’t really get numbers. Some isolated communities function without having numbers bigger than 4, which incidentally is about the highest number of ‘things’ we can reliably count with a glance. 1 thing. No worries. 2 things. Yep. Got it. 3 things. Indeed. At a glance, I’m all over this. 4 things. That’s 4 things, [...]