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the guy pretty much just invented the number off the top of his head didn't he?
"The Sun has the power of a Yotta microwave ovens," says Chris Budd, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, by way of explanation.
"It could be that if they did say just one billion it would seem just plucked out of the air," Dr Houston said. "Is it something to do with a date? What happened in 1784?"
Incredible. The step-by-step explanation of how many planets of bill gates we'd need is brilliant too.
or 1.784 quadrillion in british terms (although all british use US nonmenclature)
the whole terra mega peta type nomenclature is not genereally used for units of fanance, it is mostly used for computing terms, like 'bytes' or 'flops' to think that the first mainframe i operated was measures in simgle figure 'mips'