[r-t] Big search

Ben Willetts ben at benjw.org.uk
Tue Jan 22 19:52:41 UTC 2008

>> Or in the UK does "billion" instead mean 10^12?
> Yes it should, but the US billion is taking over increasingly.
> It is annoying, as we are never sure which is being used.

Really?  I can't recall the last time I heard anyone use "billion" to mean 
10^12.  Certainly no news reports do.  I don't.  Do scientific papers still 
use it?


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