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Family Of Googol Inventor Would Like A Word With Google

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The word that Google based their name on, Googol, was invented by Columbia University professor Edward Kasner. The term means 10 to 100th power or a 1 with 100 zeros following it. With Google’s 4 billion and growing web index, their name’s association with Googol is increasingly appropriate.

However, the family of Edward Kasner believes they should be entitled to a piece of Google’s financial pie. The Baltimore Sun has recently interviewed the great-niece of Kasner, Peri Fleisher, who will also be one of the spokespeople for the Kasner family. Fleisher believes that Google has gained financially from the expense of the original term googol, and the family wants a piece of the action.

Google acknowledges where its name originated from on its corporate information page:

“Googol is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, ‘Mathematics and the Imagination’ by Kasner and James Newman. Google’s play on the term reflects the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.”

Apparently, this byline is not enough to satisfy the remaining Kasner relatives. A quote from the article in the Baltimore Sun indicates where the Kasner’s stand when it comes to the level of satisfaction they are seeking. When asked if they thought Google was obligated to compensate the family, Fleisher said:

“Legally, that’s an open question we’re exploring. But ethically, courteously, yes. I see some hypocrisy there. They have ignored us. Other than changing a couple of letters on the name, they are capitalizing on it. This is a business. These guys are going to make billions of dollars. It’s not a cute little thing.”

Sound like sour grapes to me. Fleisher went on to say that money is not the only thing that will ease their pain. “You don’t need to give us anything. Just let us participate as insiders on the IPO. I don’t think it’s a lot to ask.”

As long as there is some level of compensation, or the opportunity to make their own compensatory choices, the Kasner group will be satisfied. To quote Andy Beal: “Oh please, Google gives recognition for the origination of the company name, but to think that you deserve a piece of the pie is crazy.”

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  • Anonymous

    who ever invented google was like so very smart u got to be so ritch if u r really rich can u please send me some $ im very poor!!

    • Brenda

      ur stupid! get off the computer! lol…get a life!

  • Brenda Gutierrez

    you guys are cool!….BUT, you coul’ve came up with something better.

  • http://www.google.com Alan

    What next ? we all have to pay a tax on every word we use just because we didnt’ invent it ? lol
    The fact is Google invented their name even if Googol inspired them.

    Thats’ like expecting money from the chocolate companies because your ancestor was an Aztec (they invented the word).

    Google is a technology company. The name was’nt how they became successful . They became successful by being the best just like the chocolate companies sell chocolate because they get off their behinds and actually do some work. Unlike the greedy distant relatives of Edward Kasner.

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    Ridiculous! Just cause they sound the same. Maybe if Google wasn’t so successful, they should blame this guy and sue him for coming up with such a bad name!!

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    Who are we without our family? Life would be much wasted if one doesn’t acknowledge his or her family worth and values. I grew up rich in love and good morals of my family doctrines. Anyway, want to know more about family ? Check it out at docfiles.org

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    sir you done a very good job,i wish i could meet you.

  • meet

    Google maker is just so smart n genius

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    A SMILE IS EVERYTHING , GOOGLE IS MANYTHING…………………