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Graham's number is connected to the following problem in the branch of mathematics known as Ramsey theory:
Graham's number is the 65th in the following sequence, where each member is the number of Knuth arrows needed for the next member:
The writer on recreational mathematics Martin Gardner wrote in his 1989 book Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers (page 244), "Ramsey-theory experts believe the actual Ramsey number for this problem is probably 6." However, more recently, Geoff Exoo of Indiana State University has shown (2003) that it must be at least 11 and provides experimental evidence suggesting that it is actually even larger.
Graham's number is even bigger than Moser's number, which is another very large number.