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In the novel, the biblical number of the beast turns out to be, not 666, but , which the professor theorizes as the number of parallel universes accessible to the protagonists. They use the expansion calculate this number to be approximately 10,314,424,798,490,535,546,171,949,056 , but see note (1).

protagonists believe to expand to 10,314,424,798,490,535,546,171,949,056 (6^6)^6^

an unimaginably large, 36306-digit number (6↑↑3 in Knuth's up-arrow notation) which is