> In physics we sometimes get big numbers, like 10^88 or 10^120, but we never need 10^120 + 1.

When we use the known laws of Quantum Mechanics to calculate the strength of Dark Energy it gives us a value that is ABOUT 10^120 times larger than the value we actually observe. So a successful Theory of Everything must find a way to cancel out all of it EXCEPT for ABOUT one part in 10^120 of it, but of course it could be one part in 10^120 + 1, or one part in 10^120 - 1, or ... That's why theoreticians were so upset when Dark Energy was found to have a nonzero value about 10 years ago, finding a way to cancel out all of it seemed to be a far far easier task than cancelling out all of it EXCEPT for ABOUT one part in 10^120 of it. And by the way, the largest known prime number was discovered just a few days ago, it is 2^57885161-1 . John K Clark -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to everything-list@googlegroups.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.