Mods, I am not sure which forum this belongs in---please move it as is necessary.
I just came across a passage in the Lalitavistara (http://iteror.org/big/Source/buddhism/Lalitavistara-ch12.html
) that records a story of the Buddha counting incredibly high numbers. My question is--were these numbers in actual use by other astronomers/mathematicians, or was this something that the Buddha himself (or the author of this story) made up?
The site I linked to suggests that the highest order mentioned, uttaraparamanurajahpravesa, is 10 to the 421st power. Pretty high, when you think that googol is 10 to the 100th power.
Are there ancient passages that actually use these mathematical terms/numerations?