the MIT department of linguistics and philosophy presents:
Large Number Championship
Two competitors. One chalkboard. Largest integer wins.
Two philosophers (Agustín Rayo and Adam Elga) attempt to top each other in a battle over who can write down the largest finite number. In the course of introducing increasingly powerful notations for large numbers, the duelists will give lightning fast introductions to formal logic, computability theory, and the theory of ordinals. An attempt will be made to set a Guiness record for "Largest finite number ever written on an ordinary-sized chalk board". If this attempt succeeds, all participants will during the lecture name a number greater than any number previously named by a human being.
Event Poster (pdf)