Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


John Candelaria of Yucaipa, California is a man who leads two lives. At work he is a mild-mannered Clark Kent, scientific illustrator and surveyor at Caltrans (occuped with traffic-flow studies and highway planning); at home, he becomes the man of steel, effortlessly vaulting past such mega-numbers as the googol (one followed by one hundred zeros) the googolplex (ten raised to the googol power), Archimedes' number (one followed by 80 quadrillion zeros, and Graham's number (a number so immense that it takes a page of specially-invented notation to define it).