1. Imagine someone wins a million in the lottery and squanders all that money within a short time, and it was only because they couldn't visualize large numbers.To ensure that this does not happen to you, here are some tips on how to visualize large numbers.
2. A Million1.000.000 - How can you visualize a million? Take a metre stick or a ruler and look at the millimetre lines. 1,000 millimetres equals 1 metre. 1,000 metres, i.e. a kilometre is made up of a million millimetres.One million euros in 500 euro notes weighs 2.24 kilograms. Graph paper is made up of a grid of squares each 1 millimetre in length.1 Million square metres are printed on 1 square metre of graph paper? Rather clear on a million, right?
3. A Billion1.000.000.000One billion millimetres is equidistant to one thousand kilometres.One billion seconds is equal to 31 years and 8.5 months.Imagine a cube with a side length of one millimetre. A billion of these cubes would equal one cubic metre!
4. A Trillion:1.000.000.000.000A block of 1 x 1 meters for 1 kilometre consisting of these 1 mm3 cubes
5. A Billiards1.000.000.000.000.000The 1 mm3 cubes now equal a 1 metre thick slab that spans 1 square kilometre.The Chinese super computer Sunway TaihuLight achieves a computing speed of 93 petaflops. A petaflop is the equivalent of a billiard computer operations per second.
6. A Quintillion1.000.000.000.000.000.000Now the small cubes equal a cubic kilometre.
7. A Trilliard1.000.000.000.000.000.000.000Visualize dragging the 1 km3 for 1,000 kilometres.
8. A Quadrillion1.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.000And now 1,000 kilometres into the second dimension.This results in a slab of 1,000 x 1,000 km x 1 km thick, consisting of one quadrillion small cubes.
9. A Quadrilliard1.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.000One more mental leap into the third dimension and we see a cube with a side length of 1,000 kilometres.From this one could cut a quadrilliard cubes each with a side length of 1 millimetre. A quadrilliard water molecule yields 30 litres of water. See: "How small atoms are".One could store videos that have a length of 5324 billion years on a storage device of one quadrilliard. That is 38,000 times longer than the age of the universe.