Long and short scale
The website (usually) and FIGU use long scale, however there are many translations of FIGU works created by many from all over the world. Which may have used the short scale billion in the translation of any numbers listed in the text. Often the number is presented in text form which maintains the value intended, example: ten million million light years.
Unfortunately the website uses numbers from the short and long scale in a sometimes intermixed form and often the reference has not been provided to the original text, this is understandable as individuals from every nation use the website and the content has generally been a kind of international collaborative effort. Please help us clear up the various historical discrepancies on the website for moving forward together, if you find that a number is wrong after verifying it from the original source text, please leave a comment asking an editor to correct it with some information about the source text so we can reference it, so that others can enjoy the content.
The correct usage of Billion for FIGU works is long scale billion. Its to keep consistency and the common transferable scale between texts for the readers comfort and reading pleasure. Comes natively in long count, just the way it has been presented at source. We should continue to present it this way with notes about long scale so the individual reader can change the numbers to short count reliably and not unconditionally to prevent confusion. Just leave a link reference to this page to any number over a billion.
Method of saying same thing 1
Long Scale - Billion = 1,000,000,000,000
Short Scale - Billion = 1,000,000,000 (Not for FIGU translations please)
Long Scale - Trillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000
Short Scale - Trillion = 1,000,000,000,000 (Not for FIGU translations please)
Long Scale - Quadrillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Short Scale - Quadrillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000 (Not for FIGU translations please)
Method of saying same thing 2
The long and short scales are two of several large-number naming systems for integer powers of ten, that use the same words with different meanings:
Long scale billion means a million millions (1012), trillion means a million billions (1018)
Short scale billion means a thousand millions (109), trillion means a thousand billions (1012)
Method of saying same thing 3
The relationship between the numeric values and the corresponding names in the two scales can be described as:
| Value in
|Metric prefix||Value in positional notation||Short scale||Long scale|
|101||Deca||D or da||10||Ten||Ten||10×1,000,0000|
|Etc.||To next named order of magnitude:
multiply by 1,000
|To next named order of magnitude:
multiply by 1,000,000