In the talk, I simply named most of the things after their function in my explanation and avoided formal terminology; however, if you have other interactions with this topic, it may be useful to know what other people call these.

- exponent
- The formal name for what I called "shift counter" in the talk – the little number at the top that said how many extra shifts (or zeros) the number had. See scientific notation for where the name comes from.
- mantissa, significand
- The formal name for the big number in the center of many slides (the display of the imaginary calculating machine).
- base (of a number system)
- Corresponds to the "shift factor": by what a number gets multiplied when you shift it to the left one digit.
- binary
- A number system with base (shift factor) two. This is what most computers use, and was featured in parts II and III of the talk.
- decimal
- A number system with base (shift factor) ten. This is what most humans use, and was featured in part I of the talk.