Have your Google people talk to my ‘googol’ people: The mathmetician Edward Kasner coined the term “googol” in the 40s to describe a one with a hundred zeroes behind it. That’s where the search engine Google got its name. Now that Google is on the verge of an IPO, descendants of the dead mathmetician want a piece.
Relatives of Kasner are crying foul. They believe Google has gained financially at their expense. That conviction only increased with Google’s recent announcement that it will go public, hoping to raise $2.7 billion in sales of its stock. If the stock price reaches $40 per share, the founders of the company and several of its employees will be worth many millions each.