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December 6th, 2017, 07:48 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2011 Posts: 175 Thanks: 2  The biggest constant
What is the biggest constant [except the radius of the universe or diameter of it]? Thanks for the responders... Last edited by shaharhada; December 6th, 2017 at 07:51 AM. 
December 6th, 2017, 08:53 AM  #2 
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Opps, I think I made the biggest mistake of Einstein, right?!

December 6th, 2017, 09:32 AM  #3 
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I think you are writing cheques that you are illequipped to cash.

December 6th, 2017, 09:34 AM  #4 
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December 6th, 2017, 02:21 PM  #5 
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Lengths (and many other things) are measured in units (inches, meters, parsecs, etc.) so the radius of the universe has a number in each of these units  not unique.

December 6th, 2017, 02:36 PM  #6 
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We already had this conversation if we are talking about real numbers: there is no largest one.

December 6th, 2017, 05:39 PM  #7 
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So, I can a link, please...

December 6th, 2017, 06:41 PM  #8 
Senior Member Joined: Aug 2012 Posts: 1,709 Thanks: 458  Suppose $x$ is a real number. Then $x + 1$ is a real number, since the addition of two real numbers is a real number. We know that $0$ and $1$ are real numbers, and that $0 < 1$. Now adding $x$ to both sides shows that $x < x + 1$. Therefore $x$ could not have been the largest real number. Since $x$ was arbitrary, meaning that it could be any real number whatsoever, we conclude that there is no largest real number. On the other hand, a digital computer does have a largest real number. No matter what encoding scheme you use to represent real numbers, can only represent finitely many. All the computers in the world together can only represent finitely many real numbers. Perhaps you are thinking of that. Last edited by Maschke; December 6th, 2017 at 07:06 PM. 

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