The story goes that when they were inventing a brand name for the massive search engine company they were inventing, someone suggested calling it Googol because, well, that’s a 1 followed by 100 zeros. But somebody misspelled it and they liked that even better.
I’m kind of glad the spellings are different because google has come to mean “using a search engine on the internet” while googol has continued to mean “that really big number we write as 10^100 to save time.” I'm sure Mathematicians everywhere are thankful to whoever couldn’t spell. (*wink*)
I suppose you’re wondering who invented Google, and who misspelled the word. I don’t know, go google it. I’m busy telling stories.
A similar thing apparently happened during the making of Back to the Future.
Like any responsible sci-fi moviemaker, they had a math/science consultant to help them make the science stuff in the movie believable. They asked their consultant for a really big unit of measurement. The consultant suggested a ‘gigawatt’ but mispronounced the word. And the rest is movie history…
Math is fun, but I think it’s time to get back to THE GREAT ALPHABET DISASTER.