From Future Of Mankind

This article is not an official FIGU publication.

You saw the word billion somewhere did you? - It probably represented a thousand million. It can be checked in the original document if it has interested you.

Continue reading if you want but most persons don't care about that, you don't have to care about the numbers if it doesn't interest you, it was a big number ok.

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 either a comment asking an editor to correct it with some information about the source text so we can reference it, or see Contributing Content and correct it yourself, for the enjoyment of the content by other readers.

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
scientific notation  
  Metric prefix    Value in positional notation    Short scale   Long scale 
Prefix Symbol Name Logic Name Alternative name Logic
 100      One One 1×1,000,0000
 101  Deca  D or da  10  Ten Ten 10×1,000,0000
 102  Hecto  100  Hundred Hundred 100×1,000,0000
 103  Kilo  1,000  Thousand 1×1,000×1,0000 Thousand 1,000×1,000,0000
 106  Mega  1,000,000  Million 1×1,000×1,0001 Million 1×1,000,0001
 109  Giga  1,000,000,000  Billion 1×1,000×1,0002 Thousand Million Milliard 1,000×1,000,0001
 1012  Tera  1,000,000,000,000  Trillion 1×1,000×1,0003 Billion 1×1,000,0002
 1015  Peta  1,000,000,000,000,000  Quadrillion 1×1,000×1,0004 Thousand Billion Billiard 1,000×1,000,0002
 1018  Exa  1,000,000,000,000,000,000  Quintillion 1×1,000×1,0005 Trillion 1×1,000,0003
 1021  Zetta  1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000  Sextillion 1×1,000×1,0006 Thousand Trillion Trilliard 1,000×1,000,0003
 1024  Yotta  1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000  Septillion 1×1,000×1,0007 Quadrillion 1×1,000,0004
  Etc.         To next named order of magnitude:
multiply by 1,000
To next named order of magnitude:
multiply by 1,000,000

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