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Its a little bloke in the back of a Beijing laundry with an abacus.

Wolfram's Mathematica is pretty damn smart and that all works on your home computer. It seems to know all the Maths you could ever possibly need unless you were a real real egghead researching type who has to invent their own Maths anyway.

nomenclaturial names of the large numbers

Quotenomenclaturial names of the large numbersHave they changed in the last 20 years?

I'm not sure what your problem is, neilep. Is it that you can't think how a 32 or 64 bit machine could do calculations with that many sig figs?Well, if you had to multiply 29475 by 48374, you could do it using long multiplication (like in School but using quite a lot of paper). Although the answer would contain eleven sig figs, you would only need to use two sig figs for each step in your calculation.So it's quite possible to write a routine to do arithmetic to any number of sig figs you like, using only 32 bit integers.