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Author Topic: When is a billion a trillion?  (Read 1329 times)

Offline robinsamuels

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When is a billion a trillion?
« on: 03 April, 2009, 02:57:05 PM »
I seem to remember from school that a billion is a million million, yet on TV they were showing the figure 1,000,000,000,000 and calling it a trillion.

Am I going mad?

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Re: When is a billion a trillion?
« Reply #1 on: 03 April, 2009, 03:01:39 PM »
I wondered that too.  I guess at some point "they" decided the whole world would adopt the American system where 1,000 million is a billion and 1,000 billion is a trillion.

Part of me thinks "thank goodness", less confusion for the audience in trying to work out which source the figure is from, and part of me thinks "get it right!  We are NOT American".

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Re: When is a billion a trillion?
« Reply #2 on: 03 April, 2009, 03:08:46 PM »
aye - everyone uses the US system of numbering nowadays <sigh>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orders_of_magnitude