# Don't know if anyone has said this yet...

If they have already brought this subject up, then nevermind...

Question:

I. How can you find the last number?

II. How small is an instant?

I. I think that to find the last number you would have to go back to the beginning of time. The last number is an infinite number. I think that an infinite number starts at one and doubles every instant. So, to find it, you would have to find out how many instants have occured since the beginning of time (which is when the numbers began counting) . Then, you would double the number 1 that many times.

II. I think that an instant is 1/2 of the instant before it. So go back to the begging of time, and get a computer that figures things out instantly:

screen 12
cls
instant=1
do
instant=instant/2
CurTime=CurTime+instant
loop until (CurrentDate)
print instant

This wouldn't give you an instant, but it gives you an idea of how small it is. If you could get it to work out these problems in one instant, have an infinite number of decimal places, and start at the beginning of time, you would have how small an instant is. Imagine this code doing this since the begging of time (72,000 years ago) !!!!!!!

I think that this is what I'm supposed to put on this forum... I don't know though.

Posted on Apr 23, 2002, 4:34 PM

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