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DR EVIL (aka Adam Elga) walked up to a blackboard in front of a packed auditorium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and wrote a single 1. It was a slow but tactical start to the 2007 Big Number Duel, an event described on its posters as: “Two competitors. One chalkboard. Largest integer wins.”

The Mexican Multiplier (aka Agustin Rayo) wasn’t happy with such a slow start, so he filled in the blackboard with …

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