How is the best way to compare big numbers? They are result of two functions with different asymptotic growth. For example:

Googleplex which is $10^{{10}^{100}}$ to $1000!$


$10^{googol}$ compared to $1000!$



since a googol is drastically larger than $3000$, the first number is much, much greater.

In general logarithms (equivalently, converting to a base and comparing exponents) are a great way for comparing large numbers. For example: whether $2^{523} <^? 3^{228}$ may not be obvious, but even knowing very rounded values for $\log(2)$ and $\log(3)$ will let you compare $523\log(2)$ and $228\log(3)$ quite easily, which is an equivalent problem.


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