05/18/2004 Archived Entry: "Googol vs. Google"
From a Baltimore Sun interview with Peri Fleisher ("Who?" you say? Read on):
[Q:] But you believe Google has an obligation to compensate you and your family for using the name coined by your great uncle, correct?Riiight. Ignoring the fact that the Google IPO will use an auction and therefore have no "insiders," there's no precedent for ownership of a mathematical concept or name. I mean, that would just be silly.
As Jan Freeman of the Boston Globe says:
Fleisher needs to get a grip. Her great-uncle couldn't have "identified" the number he called googol, which "existed" (as 10 to the 100th power) before his 1938 coinage, and in any case Kasner credited his 9-year-old nephew with suggesting the word... the 1930s [was] a good decade for Barney Google: The comic strip was flourishing, and Barney also appeared in animated cartoons and comic books. Did the mathematician's helper unwittingly pluck those "nonsense" syllables from the funny papers?
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Please can you give me a gmail invitation. I have looked all over for one and I can't find one.
Posted by trevor @ 05/20/2004 03:18 PM PST
I would greatly appreciate an gmail invite
Posted by danny @ 05/23/2004 11:35 AM PST
Do you have extra gmail invitaions? Can I get one from you?
Posted by Alan Yu @ 05/25/2004 11:25 PM PST
please send me a gmail invitation if you can. I will be forever grateful... Many thanks in advanced
Posted by andrew @ 05/28/2004 05:06 AM PST
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