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Subject: Japanese large numbers
From: TAKASUGI Shinji (tssf.airnet.ne.jp)
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 01:37:51 GMT
References: 1, 2, 3, 4
> My understanding is that 不思議 is a derivation from 不可思議 meaning totally beyond thought or description, but I am not aware of any Buddhistic nexus to this word. It is interesting to note that it denotes a number 10 to the 64th power, according to 塵劫記, a mathematical text published in 1627, which was an adaptation of the Chinese mathematics at that time.
If you are interested, read the following articles of mine on Japanese large numbers.
5.2. Large numbers
無量大数の彼方へ (written in Japanese)
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