An Elementary Treatise on Arithmetic, in Theory and Practice: Adapted to the Instruction of Youth in Schools and Academies in the United States (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from An Elementary Treatise on Arithmetic, in Theory and Practice: Adapted to the Instruction of Youth in Schools and Academies in the United States

But here it is to be observed, that the facility with which we can designate the highest numbers, and perform ever arithmetical calculation on them, has occasioned an insenss bility to the enormous magnitude of the numbers of which we speak. One billion is very easily mentioned. And easily designated by a unit followed by nine ciphers thus, The following consideration may, perhaps, assist in enlarging the ideas of the pupil on this subject to count a billion, at one per second, would require nearly thirty-two years.

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